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The 50% Rule

March 19, 2018

 

We've been pummeled with snow here in the northeast lately. 

 

Three storms in 2 weeks.

 

We've had 8 snow days this school year. 

 

That's a lot of snow days. 

 

As you know, I write passionately about how our circumstances really have very little to do with our happiness.

 

And I wholeheartedly believe in it.

 

These principles have changed my life, so I feel strongly about teaching them to others.

 

But you guys...

 

When I received a text message the other day announcing that school was going to be closed...

 

again...

 

And most-likely for two days...

 

I fell into the depths of despair.

 

I just couldn't seem to muster up the positive thoughts necessary to change my attitude.

 

I tried and tried.

 

But my brain didn't believe any of the "bright side" ideas I was feeding it.

 

So instead I did my best to just be frustrated and disappointed with my situation.

 

And I chalked it up to the 50% rule.

 

The 50% rule is the idea that 50% of life is supposed to be challenging.

 

Difficult.

 

Craptastic, as I like to call it.

 

Brooke Castillo taught me about this rule.


As soon as I embraced the 50% rule the other day, I immediately stopped thinking about how unfair my life was.

 

I stopped feeling sorry for myself.

 

I stopped shaking my fists, lamenting in my head about how "unfair" my life was.

 

And the day got a teeny tiny bit less terrible. 

 

And you know what? 

 

Today I woke up and even though there was snow everywhere and another snow day ahead of me,  

 

it was somehow easier to bear.

 

So if you are in the thick of a craptastic situation, chalk it up to the 50% rule. 

 

It might help you, too.

 

One of my favorite quotes about this principle comes from Jenkin Lloyd Jones:

 

 

 

 Don't forget to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.

 

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