Eddie (edminster) wrote,

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Scotch-taping a shattered soul.

Everything will be fine.
This too, shall pass.
At least I'm not on fire.

Those three phrases represent the majority of things I say to myself on a day-to-day basis. That's not to say my life is utter crap, and that I need constant cheering, because that's not the case. I do, however, deal with a lot of things that rend my soul on a daily basis, and I try my damnedest to maintain a positive outlook. It's not easy, especially when you're reminded of your past at every turn. But those words up above help me out during different situations, and I would have long since gone insane without them.

That first little sentence, 'Everything will be Fine.' is the one I use when I am absolutely convinced that anything I plan is going to spiral out of control and crash into a small village, killing hundreds of people headed for a nice sunday brunch at the town square. Yeah, I'm oddly specific with that sort of thing. When I'm preparing for a job interview, getting ready for work, writing stories, promising to do stuff, what have you. My mantra for that is Everything Will Be Fine.

And most of the time, I believe it.

The second one... 'This too, shall pass.' is my security blanket for when I have Bad Things Happening. So, I use it often. Unfortunately, it's a double-edged sword, so I must remember that it applies to the Good Things as well. I can't really think of any specific instances I use it, but I live by it, so I'm including it here anyway. They are good words, so it's probably a good thing I know them, and practise them.

My last phrase, 'At least I'm not on Fire.' is by far the most-used sentence I know. It really just brings home the knowledge that, no matter how bad something is, it could always be worse. As far as I know, there is no social situation where spontaneous combustion would make something easier. Hell, I use this one a lot, as evidenced by the (completely true) things I've said to myself recently.

'Sure, I've sloughed off a layer of taste buds, but at least I'm not on fire!'
'Huh. Glass certainly hurts when it's embedded in my toe... but at least I'm not on fire!'
'Wow, this fever feels like I'm on fire! At least I'm not really ablaze!'
'That's odd. A tableknife has jammed its way deep into a thumb knuckle. This is really painful. But at least I'm not on Fire!'
'Gee, it sure was stupid to try shaving with a lighter. At least I'm not on fire... anymore!'

Goodnight, everybody, and stay safe in Internet Land.
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