“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.”
― Nicholas Sparks
There are lessons to be learned and knowledge to be gained in everything we encounter.
In just about every episode of The Cleveland Show, Cleveland has some battle to overcome; something is always going wrong. No matter what the situation is, he remains optimistic and doesn’t treat it as if it is life or death. Yes, I know that when applying the same concept to real life it may be a little bit harder, but I still think it is very much possible. Life is too short to be taken so seriously all the time.
Things are going to happen in life; good and bad. Lives will fall apart but can be rebuilt. Emotions will run wild and high, and hearts will be broken and mended. These things and more are what we will experience in the game of life. They are all a part of living. Life wasn’t promised to be smooth sailing. We will endure rough seas and strong winds, but we need to adjust our sail and smile because there is an alternative option for us to make it through.
I know sometimes it is easier said than done. Shit, who am I kidding? MOST times it is easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. No life will be lived without enduring hard times; lives will fall apart at least once, and that is ok. Sometimes we need that hurricane to shatter us a bit to highlight our weak spots so that we can truly build a structure that can withstand the next storm or hurricane headed our way.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. ~ Henry Ford
Working hard to achieve our goals or striving to be better isn’t necessarily bad. However, when we strive for goals that are developed based on society’s standards and not our own and or try to be better than the next person when we should only compete with ourselves, this is when we end up missing out on all of the great things life has to offer.
In this game of life, it doesn’t matter what hand you are dealt with or how many points or money you earn. It is about how you play the game and if you learn the lessons that come along the way. Ultimately it is about what you do with the knowledge and experience gained. We can be pessimistic and take everything seriously but where does that leave you, what has this done for you, if anything?
Cleveland doesn’t have it ALL, but who does? He isn’t the perfect husband, friend, father or brother-in-law. He is flawed and fallible just like you and me, but none of this causes him to change who he is.
As humans, it’s within our nature to point out the characteristics that we don’t want within ourselves. As we go through life, we see more and more of the things we don’t want to become but if we don’t change our way of thinking we become the master of the very thing we hate. It is the law of attraction. Ever notice how people say “I don’t want to be like so and so, or I want to be just like them when I grow up”? They put all their energy into that thought, and most times they get what they asked for because they were passionate about that thought and the law of attraction gave them just that, whether it was what they wanted or not.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right. ~ Henry Ford
We need to take a page or scene from The Cleveland Show. Sure, there is going to be a time and place when we need to be serious, but we need to learn how to deal with life when it gets a little windy. A joke or two in between isn’t going to kill us. A little positivity and optimism will go a long way. It will rain, but after the rain, the sun will shine brightly. Storms are expected, but they don’t last forever.