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...




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.




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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