“Some days just suck. And if I stopped this business every time somebody said something mean to me, or I felt bad, or I felt like I was losing everything, I wouldn’t have been in business more than a month.” – Kelly Cutrone, Kell on Earth
C.S. Lewis defined faith as “the art of holding on to what one knows to be true in spite of shifting moods.”
In basketball, there is a move called “the crossover” where the person with the ball seems to be committed to moving in a certain direction and, suddenly, shifts to the opposite direction, throwing the defender off guard.
Sometimes, our feelings seem to do a “crossover” on us; We feel as if we’re in control; we know exactly where things appear to be headed and our focus is “on the ball.”
But without warning–a swift change of events, a small shift in body chemistry, a ghost from the past, or a nasty thought that sucker punches us from our blind side–we end up in a place where we’re struggling to find our way again.
These are the moments when we have to dig deep and rely on what we know even though our feelings may tempt us to throw it all away.
Far from being a reason to quit, our so-called “negative” emotions are loving reminders for us to pull our thoughts out of the mud, love ourselves unconditionally, and re-direct our attention until it’s focused in a life-giving way.
“Some days just suck”, but that doesn’t mean our conversations, internally or externally, need to suck.
My belief has always been that “bad” things happen to good people because it is only the good person who can demonstrate the superiority of character over circumstance.
So, if life seems to be throwing you a crossover, keep the faith, hold on to what you know to be true, stay committed to your spiritual calling, and keep plowing ahead on your creative path. Because the world will never have enough examples of people who refuse to be stopped just because the day sucks.
That’s my two cents.