This is a true story shared with a troubled high school junior going through a mini nervous breakdown after stuffing her emotions for years.
True story: Back in the 1940s or 1950s, a woman witnessed her husband cleaning out his gun. When he went to blow into the gun, he accidentally blew his head off right in front of her. Instead of retreating into a deep depression, she actually was able to maintain herself and function somewhat normally. She wasn’t happy (HA!HA!); however, she was able to hold onto her level of joy and being positive.
One day, a woman went up to her and said, “I don’t get it! How are you able to maintain your positive attitude?”
The woman responded, “Why should I come down from the mountaintop into the valley, when it is such a hard climb back up again?!!”
For the woman, these words were life-changing. They were just as life-changing for the troubled teen.
The teen took those words to heart. For the next six years, the pendulum swing had her venting strong emotions rather than stuffing them. She was not always proud of her actions.
Eventually, the pendulum swung to the middle and she reached her balance. After that, she was able to maintain herself and hold onto her level of joy in spite of some tough times that ensued. It had taken her too long to climb that mountain. She might allow herself to slide down a short way when things got really tough; nevertheless, she wasn’t about to slide back down to that valley floor ever again.
So when things get tough, remember this:
Why should I come down from the mountaintop into the valley when it is such a hard climb back up again?!!
Question: What did you learn from this story? Does it remind you of anytime in your own life?
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