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Bad Biorhythm Day?

Posted: April 11, 2011

Some mornings we awaken to all Helvetica Font Type breaking loose. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong, and at the worst possible time. Water gushes from bathroom pipes. The washer chugs to a halt when every piece of clothing is dirty and we're late for school, work, or an important appointment. Fido, the dog really did eat the homework. We're out the door, jump in the car, turn the ignition, and it refuses to start. Oh, brother! What next!?

We all know these feelings from frustrations of dealing with a fragile material world. Days like these happen to all of us. Neither meditation nor positive thinking seems to work on bad biorhythm or out-of-sort star days. All we can do is adjust our response to them.

Whether or not biorhythms, astrology, numerology, karma, or a deity intervening is reality, we must deal with days like these. Stuff happens. Nothing or no one is to blame. That's life — the lessons of life.

That is if our Life Force is in force.

We've seen people who have weak or nonexistent Life Forces who live on the streets. Some are trying to give up the ghost so desperately that indifference and neglect left them toothless and tattered because they no longer care about life. It's a good bet that they even have exceptionally bad days compared to their usual days. Though perhaps more limited than those who are still willing to grapple with and learn from a material world.

Yet, we don't know their Life Paths, whether they have other dimensional places to be. We only assume the plight of others based upon biases and misunderstandings. They may only be imprinting experiences onto their subconscious awareness for some future predetermined destination.

What do we do on days when life, biorhythms, stars, numbers, or gods aren't benevolent? Days when we see the harsh face of reality like Robin Williams' character Tommy Wilhelm had in the film Seize the Day? His wife left him, he lost his job and couldn't get another one when his rent was due. He was friendless. His character couldn't do anything right and no one cared in the least if he ended up being homeless. The poor guy couldn't get a break. Breaking down and looking for privacy, he grabbed the door handle of a building. He unwittingly stumbled into a pew at a complete stranger's funeral. Lost in his own misery, he bawled his eyes out. Another character commented to the effect that he must have really loved the dead person. That was the ironic end to the film. Audiences were left to write their own ending to this poor shlep's life.

Could it have ended differently? Some viewers might feel that the character deserved his fate or karma. The character, Tommy Wilhelm wasn't the nicest guy. He wasn't evil either. Like most of us, he had drive to succeed. Audiences knew by the end of the film that he really felt like a looser underneath although he tried valiantly to be a winner, despite his rigid and unloving father. Was his bad day telling him not to bother because he really was a loser? His bad day surely broke and humbled him to the point of forgoing pride so that bawling in public was the least of his worries.

Often, life does break us to the point where we must make choices. Do we make the right ones?

Inspired from a true story, the 2006 film about Christopher Gardner, In Pursuit of Happiness starring Will Smith gave audiences hope. Bad days don't always end that way. Mr. Gardner had about the same struggles as Robin Williams' character Tommy Wilhelm, but the film inspired people to strive until reaching success rather than ending it in despair.

Both men were achievers. Not being achievers surely makes life easier. Christopher Gardner did, however, have one thing, the Tommy Wilhelm character did not. He had a son who loved him.

In the end, the difference between the two films is in the title of the second. The title is, The Pursuit of Happiness, not the pursuit of things. When we place too much emphasis on things, we lose sight of the goal of life: happiness. Achieving goals is probably what make us happy, not the objects of the pursuit themselves. Striving is exhilarating and makes us feel alive.

Why might we have really bad days when biorhythms plunge to the depth of the chart or we are out-of-favor with stars and gods? Perhaps those days offer a choice to bury our heads beneath the covers or else roll up our sleeves to solve presented problems. How we respond foreshadows the health of our Life Force. They also show us that learning about material life helps prevent us from crumbling under pressure.

Material life forces us to learn. We are building resumes of understanding to make choices down the road of existence when decisions may very well be crucial to others rather than merely ourselves. The more we can fix in the material world, the more options we give ourselves so that bad days don't befuddle and sideline us. Literally, life for ourselves and others may depend upon whether we are up to the challenge.

We can laugh or cry over bad luck. If we are up to the challenge, bad days are merely minor bumps in the road. Adversity offers opportunities to have a good laugh and not take life too seriously.

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