Dilemma

I was awake at 5.30 this morning and was reading Deadly Emotions.
One chapter was on the spiritual and physical benefits of forgiveness. The next chapter was about the spiritual and physical benefits of laughter.
And there’s my dilemma in a nutshell. Because it feels like I can’t do both at the same time. If I chose to delve into those things that need forgiving, and work through the issues that are on my mind, it pretty much excludes any possibility of laughter. If I chose to concentrate on getting a more positive frame of mind, then it means I’ll have to ignore the issues and only aim for the good things in life.
I’ve tried incorporating both in my life, but it’s become a terrible dichotomy. I’m incapable of really working through the hard feelings, and just as incapable of feeling truly happy and enjoying a wholehearted belly laugh.
What to do?

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2 responses to “Dilemma

  1. Dori

    Seems to me that if they were discussed in separate chapters then they need to be dealt with separately? My philosophy? Leave the past alone. Let it go. Sure there are things to remember, possibly be weary of in the future but it’s all done with. My other philosophy? Self help books rarely help anyone other than the one who wrote it. We can read and read and find ourselves in every situation and drive ourselves loony. When I find one with my name on it written *just* for me–then I’ll read it. Same goes for child development books.

    Keep talking though. That’s a tried and true method of working through all of the bs that piles up in our lives!

  2. lise

    Well said Dori!!!

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