Teaspoon of Happy Believe In Hope Sarah May Bates

It’s hard not to get the occasional case of the doom-and-glooms. Sometimes it can seem like there’s no possible solution to a problem. That a negative outcome is imminent and, well, we’re screwed. A relationship, the life of a friend, our future, the country’s future, the future of the human race in general – problems can get pretty crippling when they seem to be entirely out of our control. How are we meant to keep on going when everyone agrees there’s something terrible coming our way and there’s no solution in sight? It makes sense that so many drown their brains in beer and television because it’s a lot easier to get through the day when you don’t have to think anymore. Well, for the rest of us – the ones who continue to worry, who consider big scary things and feel crippled by them and not being able to change them – here’s some food for thought.

You have no idea what the future holds. You cannot anticipate or imagine the change that will come in your lifetime. The change in yourself, your beliefs and understanding, or the change in the world’s beliefs and understanding. Picture for a moment a grandparent and what their worldview was as a child. What the world knew of medicine, science, technology, beauty. Picture what was culturally acceptable. Who was discriminated against. What people did on weekends. Why people got married. What was considered pop music. What would you guess they thought the future would be like? What did they say it would be like on the news? I would guess most guesses were wrong.

People change. Dramatically. Just like you will change, so will those you love. How they’ll change is unknown to you and out of your control, but know that they do and will. A person can live many lifetimes based on any number of random factors and how they decide to approach something. A person that seems they will forever be the same can be inspired to make big changes in themselves and their situation. If given the choice between something that makes us happy and something that does not, as unfettered humans we will always choose happiness. We are instinctually inclined toward the positive and good. Just like a stream makes its path around the rocks and trees, sometimes people take a windier path to reach their destination.

Nothing can ever stay the same. With every passing year comes a new wrinkle on your face and with it, a new piece of understanding. Time brings wisdom and discovery. It brings newness and change. And that is totally beyond anything you can see or know, now. You have no idea how you will feel about everything in your life in 20 years. You might be surprised at where you are and what you believe compared to today.

With every new year of life comes an opportunity for acceptance. It gives us more understanding of what is unknown to us, and with that we can unclench our shoulders just a little bit more. Life and unpredictable change inspires us to let go, to be present, to remember that we only live in today. We should never assume that we can mentally time travel into the future. We cannot be there, because we are here: in today. Let go of the things that cannot be known. You and I have no idea what is possible. The future will amaze us and surprise us, in ways we cannot imagine now.

Happy Sunday friends, xox Sarah

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  1. Definitely needed this today, wonderful job! Thank you very much.

  2. I love your column, Sarah. It always comes at a time when I need it most :)

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  4. I really, really, really needed this. Thank you so much :)

  5. Really needed this, thanks. I tend to worry about my future (economy is hindering my career/goals) and I keep forgetting to remind myself to just enjoy the ride and just learn from this experience.

    • Thanks Tasha, I know it’s not easy when problems are everywhere, but you seem positive and hopeful as a person. I wish you much luck and happiness. xox

  6. I have been in the deepest hole in my life recently. A little over a week ago I spent a whole sleepless night praying to God, and resolving that I was not going to give up. After that, I started living my life as usual, and a few days later I got some excellent news that will help steer me into my new, yet still to be mapped out, future. To this article, all I can say is “Amen,” and thank you.

  7. I have to say, I really needed to read this today. Thank you.

  8. Let me just say, I am Greek – worry for the future is our thing. And they way things are right now, there’s little hope for improvement.
    There are always problems in our lives, smaller or bigger ones, but we can’t afford getting lost in them. When I face panic, I try to keep in mind that being positive costs nothing, but can bring a positive outcome. Praying helps, too, at least it helps me. But even if you are sceptical, give it a shot.
    Happy Sunday, Sarah! x

    • I like that! Positivity is definitely free. And goes a long way. So glad about the dating game too – xox Thanks Amalia

    • PS. IRRELEVANT! I’m in a dating situation that, combined with an exam, got me slightly paranoid. I read “The Dating Game” form a few weeks ago, over again. Works!
      You’re the best xxx :)

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