How do you snap out of a funk? The Authors Collection
May 3, 2015
WE HAVE ALL BEEN TOLD at least once to “Snap out of it.” This demand supposes that we have the ability, knowledge, and desire to do so; and this is often not the case.
This is a “how to” for those times when snapping-out-if-it feels impossible.
We all know that the first step in snapping-out-of-it is wanting to. However, when we are stuck in joylessness, discouragement, despair, or doubt, the desire to snap-out-of-it may have abandoned us.
Here are two quick ways to be happy again.
- Pause and remember a time you were happy. This might take some deep recalling and imagination.
Compare it to how you feel now. Feel the difference. Were you more comfortable physically, and mentally, when you were happy?
Keep feeling the difference until you catch that glimmer of wanting to be happy again. Think of it as a tiny flame you have to keep alive.
Do it for someone else. In everyone’s life there is someone else, or a cause, that we love enough to choose to do something for them, if not for ourselves. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” Be willing to snap-out-of-it for someone or something else.
This next step is easier than the lie of discouragement would want us to believe. It’s the step of gratitude.
Everyone knows that being grateful is the perfect snap-out-of-it remedy” but exactly how is that done?
Have you ever told yourself to be grateful and heard the answer, “No I don’t want to.”Of course you have! Why would discouragement want us to be happy?
Be grateful in spite of it!
Most of the time when we have fallen into a funk, it is not just one thing that has taken us there. Usually it is the little extra thing that happens, and our internal self finally says, “I can’t deal with it!”
Uncovering all that has taken us into a funk might take forever, and often it keeps us there as we ruminate over it like a cow chewing its cud.
Instead, let’s begin with a premise, a point of view, that happiness is something we can be. We have a right to be, happy.
In today’s climate of uncertainty and change (which is always present just more promoted now then it has ever been) it may appear even more difficult to step away from it. Don’t believe it.
How to snap-out-of-it now is just the same as it was thousands of years ago and will be in the future, because the lie keeping us in a funk is always the same. It does have a few variations though.
Let’s take one of the variations and see what we can do with it.
How about the thought, “Nothing I ever do makes a difference, and no one cares anyway.”
That thought, if true, would mean there is an aspect of the divine Order that is not working. This is impossible. Therefore, our perception shift will be to prove this fact to ourselves so that we can once again experience happiness.
To do this we will need to notice those things that do make a difference.
Notice that when you smile at someone it lights up their face. Notice the dew sitting on the grass makes it sparkle. Watch a baby smile, a bird sing in the tree, and the sun rise in the morning.
Banish the thought that none of this happens because of you. Instead translate what you are seeing back to qualities for which you can be grateful.
Perhaps it goes like this. “I am grateful that someone is happy. I am grateful for all those sparkles. I am grateful for the innocence of babies. I am grateful for birds singing. I am grateful that the sun always rises.”
Feel the Truth of this!
Keep growing the flame of gratitude.
“I am grateful for the order expressed in the stars moving smoothly in the night. I am grateful for the beauty of a flower. I am grateful for the ability to see all this evidence of Divine Order of which I am an integral part.”
Keep going. Fan the flames with more gratitude for the power of Love. Become immersed in the feeling of it.
“I am grateful that trees send down roots, the bulbs that bloom in spring, and for the clouds that scuttle across the sky. I am grateful for the presence of light in all its forms, for the laughter of children and the hugs of my friends.”
As we fan this flame of gratitude we will rise out any state of mind that hides happiness from us.
We are not required to swing between joy and sorrow. Within the Divine there is no “shadow of turning,” there is only the eternal now of ever present Joy. Happiness is a by-product of this awareness, and we can always choose to return to it.
Next time you hear snap-out-of-it you can say, “Okay, I know how to do that!” And you know what? Sometimes that statement is all it takes!