Woe Is Me!

I have an Eeyore complex. This means that when I first wake up in the morning I need to battle the urge to be gloomy. I expect my worries to come true and my fears to haunt me. As I’m anticipating a fun event  I expect to be the one left out. After the fun event, no matter how delightful it was, my first urge is to either be depressed because it’s over or to analyze it for some way I could have had better social etiquette. When I don’t hear from friends for a while I immediately imagine the worst or assume that I’ve done something to offend them.  It’s much easier for me to sit and weep than  laugh and have a good time.

But that doesn’t have to the be end of the story! Just because I may find it easier to be Eeyore does not mean that I can’t learn to be a little more like Tigger or Kanga or Roo, or even Pooh, in learning to look for the sunny side of life.  We live in a culture that urges us to follow our heart, usually meaning the easy road. Depression is a downhill slide, but fighting it is an uphill battle.  People quickly become addicted to meds simply because it’s nice to let the chemicals do their fighting for them, rather than picking up a broom and sweeping someone else’s front porch.

I am learning to fight the gloom. I read my Bible and pray when I first wake up in the morning in order to remember that God is in control of my day and I want to do things His way. When challenges come throughout the next 16 hours or so, I attempt to view them as strength-building exercises and opportunities to cultivate courage, wisdom, and discretion in my character. And in those hours when I want to curl up, cry, and count the clouds, I force myself to think of someone else in need and then write them a card of encouragement, or serve them if they are close by.

Perhaps it sounds a bit Pollyannish, but honestly, I only have one life to live and I don’t want to waste it moaning about the dark side. There’s a reason why rainbows come after a storm and the sun’s rays are more brilliant when they pierce the darkest clouds.

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Aloha! Thank you for visiting the Weeklythoughtexhange. I hope you enjoy this healthy exchange of ideas and thoughts. I am a middle school language arts teacher and relish active discussion, frequent reading, writing for leisure and growth, and immersion in new ideas and thoughts. Some of my favorite pastimes include being outdoors with family, friends and pets, traveling the world and country, and embarking on new adventures wherever they happen to find me - in my own backyard or on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
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4 Responses to Woe Is Me!

  1. Kristen Shain says:

    That is SO Tanner! I am really looking forward to having these discussions with you in person. You surprise me often with your thoughts and feelings, I had you pegged for Robin, not Eyore!

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  2. danielle says:

    i loved this ms. tobler, put a smile on my face, thank you for your insight!!!!

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