Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Pollyanna Principle

2 weeks after surgery
Photo by Mary Vee

Pollyanna was a character in an old Disney movie. Here is the basic plot according to IMDB: 

A little girl comes to a town that is embattled by feuds and intimidated by her aunt. By the time she must leave, she has transformed the community with her indominatable will to see the good side of even the worst situations and bring it out for the betterment of all.

My daughter destroyed her knee in martial arts. Sigh.

She has such a great attitude about the healing process. We walked through her college campus five days after surgery and out of the blue, she started laughing. "Yah know, Mom, there are a lot of advantages to crutches."

HAH! Immediately I thought--POST idea!

So, without further ado, I give you: 

The Top Ten Advantages of Using Crutches
According to A User

1. Crutches give you really long arms.

2. People are willing to open doors for you, and wait while you hobble through.

3. Crutches give you a reason to have a bare foot in public places.

4. Crutches allow you to walk at your own speed in a crowded place. No worries about keeping up or having to step to the side if you have to tie a shoe. The path is opened enabling you to walk at your own pace.

5. Crutches build arm muscles. The workout is very intense especially when going long distance like from the college parking lot to the classroom. (Her karate class better watch out-she is super girl now!). 

6. A Crutch can serve as a door stop. Perfect when the door tries to shut on a bum leg.

7. Crutches fix bad posture. You have to stand up properly to use them correctly.

8. Crutches let you feel like Spiderman as you swivel down the halls.

9. Crutches can help slow your rate of decent when sitting down. 

10. Crutches help you get up when used as a hand hold.

So many times we allow our circumstance to depress us, worry, make us cranky pants. The Pollyanna Principle is such a good help. "Look for the good in the situation--there has to be something good."

Of course tragedy hits, throwing us into a Job from the Bible situation. But when we can, let's try to find something good in our situation.

How about you? What do you do to help turn a problem moment into something tolerable?

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