Listen to Yogi

Too many of us are freaking these days about our shaky job situation, assuming we’re lucky enough to still have a job. The tepid economy, government bailouts, outrageous bonuses for CEOs, disappearing newspapers, poor business forecasts and declining income are crimping the quality of our lives. Unemployment is still up. Home prices still down. The stock market dives today, soars tomorrow. So what can we do about it?

Well, I doubt that sticking our heads in the sand or dancing around like some Pollyanna are going to help. But then, taking in all the bad news and worrying ourselves sick doesn’t seem like the best answer either.

I’ve noticed in my years on this planet that we all seem to hit various speed bumps in our lives, and almost always overcome them one way or another. Some stress out to the max while others matter-of-factly get to the light at the end of the tunnel.

I saw this old guy badly hobbling through the entrance to Costco the other day. He was wearing a windbreaker with this message on the back: “The only real handicap is a bad attitude.”

Telling someone to make lemonade out of lemons I know can be infuriating at times. But these times do call for accentuating the positive. I’m pretty sure the sun is going to come up tomorrow, even here in Seattle.

Take a walk in the woods, get out on or by the water, share a simple picnic with a friend, play your favorite music or watch an uplifting video. Giving fear the day off just might change things for tomorrow.

As that great Yogi once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” For a welcome change, be sure to look down that road more positively. And take to heart another wise ol’ Yogi-ism, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

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