Negative on being negative

Honestly, it’s been a bad day for me today. I received some bad news that is going to impact me and my family for a while financially. I cannot change it. I can’t fix it. It is what it is.

I could sit and let the bad news, the negativity consume me. In the distant past, I would have used it as an excuse to get intoxicated. I handle it differently now. I seek out positivity when surrounded by negativity. In my search for positivity today I found the following and thought it was worthy of a share. Enjoy.

Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, in a commencement speech to Kenyon College on pursuing what matters:

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.