Dave, my sales manager told me, “Don’t get too depressed when you’re in a valley, and don’t get too excited when you’re at a peak.”
It was good advice. Commission only sales can be a thrill ride, just as scary and vomit inducing as any roller coaster that Six Flags or Disney has to offer.
Reading “The Scroll Marked VI” reminded me of my days of knowing that the weeks that I was on a roll would carry me through the weeks that were filled with, well, nothing.
“If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will remember past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be master of my emotions.”
The angry winter weather has been a recent challenge. “Gee, I’m glad that my roof isn’t leaking like so many others.” Two weeks later. “Hey, is that a small wet spot above the window?” The next morning after returning home from an overnight shift. “Holy shit! My bed is soaking wet. Oh, there’s water dripping from the ceiling light. ” Later that week. “Nice to know my insurance will cover everything.” The next day. “No! There’s water dripping from the ceiling in the bathroom now?”
As a visitor to this blog last week said, “This too shall pass.”
Funny. My mom used to tell me that. And it always did.
So, I will “master my moods” and “I will control my destiny”, but because of this, I may actually allow myself to be just a bit more joyful than usual.