I finally finished reading Babar the King to Princess Peach last night (I'd forgotten that when the story is that detailed, one must read in installments. It's like Harry Potter, only with elephants). The final line, offered by the King's friend the Old Lady after she recovers from a harrowing snakebite emergency, is this:
"Don't you see how in this life one must never be discouraged? Let's work hard and cheerfully and we'll continue to be happy."
Not a bad perspective. I'm not sure I can pull it off with any consistency, but it seems like something worth striving for.
"Let's work hard and cheerfully" seems like a good one for me this season. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. And when things pile up, my reaction tends to be a low level of frustration about everything, even the things I like doing, or I get to do because God rocks. A decision to go about my days - in this season of in the meantime, navigating the gap between what I see now and what I'm praying for - with a pre-made decision to work hard and cheerfully, seems like it could actually accomplish what the Old Lady promises: happiness.
this picture of a folder labeled, People I Want To Punch In The Face. So I guess we'll just see how it goes...)
Do you have a reminder or slogan you use to keep you on track in the day-to-day? Please share, in case this one doesn't work out! :)