A few weeks ago, my good friend was pulled over by the police. She suffers from anxiety and was a little stressed out by the situation. The police officer was going to write her a ticket she couldn’t afford for having no insurance, and she ended up crying and could show proof that she did indeed have insurance. The officer let her go.
She came back to the office and told me the story. But the best part was when she said to me that, at first, it would ruin her day; this cop pulled her over, and she was all stressed out. But then she changed it around and said she got off without a ticket.
And that is life, right? You can choose to look at the negative things or decide to look at the positive. There is always a little of both going on.
Epictetus spoke of a pot with two handles. “Everything has two handles, one by which it may be borne; another by which it cannot.”
I saw it summed up perfectly in a meme recently, “You should laugh at farts. If you don’t, you still have the same amount of farts but none of the laughter.”
I love that. And it applies to so much. Yes, sometimes life throws a lot of farts your way. Deciding whether to laugh or cry about them is up to you.