Breaking the Misery Syndrome
I have learned in this life
That everyone goes through bouts of misery
I have also learned that happiness
Is a state of mind
That cannot not be exercised
In the depths of misery.
There are all kinds of miserable frustrations in life:
A failure to reach one’s goal;
An irreparable breach between husband and wife;
Dissatisfaction with a particular job;
Hopelessness in never having enough money to pay bills;
Weariness from working long hours and little to show for it;
Anxiety over rising gas prices that affect the family’s economic needs;
Desolation in knowing there is no one to turn to for help;
Disappointment when the position you’ve coveted is given to someone else;
Discouragement when the car won’t crank and you’re reprimanded for being late to work.
Displeasure, discontentment, dissatisfaction, and disappointments are so numerous
That the list could grow too long and dreary to read
So, what does one do about misery?
They repeat the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept
The things I cannot change...
The courage to change
The things I can...and
The wisdom to know the difference.
They also get a firm, positive attitude by chanting frequently:
“I can if I think I can.”
...if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,'
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
To break the misery syndrome,
one must fill their mind with positive thoughts, and
seek positive goals in life
instead of delving in negative despondency.
© 2010 Jeanette Cooper