Some days I feel flattened, like the sculpture of the person in the photo. It can start the moment I get out of bed or it could happen after I have read my messages and texts and emails and look at my never-ending to-do list or get a phone call or feel the pressure or lose control and I feel the weight of the world bearing down on me.
The world and the issues we face day to day can be quite weighty.
Other days, I feel optimistic and happy and carefree despite dirty floors or piles of laundry or work deadlines or dreary weather or any other potentially heavy deal breaker.
Maybe it's the day of the week or the song on the radio or that I got up on the right side of the bed or that I actually remembered to drink my whole cup of coffee before it got cold or that I am close to accomplishing a goal or that the moon is in a new phase or the mood of my kids or nothing at all.
Just about everything we face could be much worse. And often others have much heavier things on their plates.
A mood can change the course of life, of culture, of politics, of history, of everything. So, whether we see the cup as half full or half empty may depend upon our mood on any particular day.
I think it's alright to feel the weight of the world sometimes. It puts things in perspective. It allows you to process feelings and thoughts and courses of action.
But allow the gravity to press upon you for too long and you may not be able to expand your form once it is lifted off your shoulders and returned to those of Atlas.
Fear not as you pass through the dark places, but do not linger in the shadows. Come out into the sunshine and fill your lungs with fresh, bright air.
Life is good and worth living. All problems have solutions. All questions have answers. Patience is a virtue. And chocolate fixes a lot. Over and out…