Anticipation is a mixture of prudent foresight and alarmist anxiety. It tempts us by promising that preparation is key. And then it traps us in a potentially endless cycle of “what ifs” and worry.
I have a rerun of a medical procedure scheduled for next week. The first time I had it done, the medical professions assured me ahead of time that it would be no big deal and so that’s what I planned for. I went to the doctor’s after work (even though it meant seeing someone otherContinue reading “Is It Better to Know the Pain Is Coming?”
It’s all too easy to believe that happiness is fixed. Unchangeable. Set in place by internal or external factors that feel beyond our control. We may not control all of the strings on the marionette of our lives, but we do have the ability to manipulate the ones that produce a grin. And all it takesContinue reading “Scheduled Smiles”