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.