Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Always look on the bright side of life

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Any Monty Python fans out there will certainly recognize that headline reference. But do you ever feel like there’s a big cloud hanging over your head? Like everything you touch is cursed?

I know it’s in our heads, but when it seems to be happening, it’s hard not to obsess over it. Everybody goes through bad spells, where stupid things happen and you think you’re never going to get back to that nice smooth life, where everything goes as you planned.

When I’m in one of these spells, I try to tell myself that it’s not that big of a deal. It’s easier said than done, but worth putting in the effort. For instance, everybody at home is healthy. When you can say that the rest of your problems pale in comparison, I think. And a tree didn’t fall on my house in the latest storm like it did to another family we know, causing lots and lots of damage and inconvenience as well as safety issues.

No matter what’s going wrong with cars or work or kids, things could be worse and we need to do our best to be thankful for the things we have. Right?

So how do you get through bad spells? Feel free to pass along your tips.

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