We all have our. On some days, you might feel — like nothing can touch you. On other days, it feels like everything and everyone hurt you or to make your life miserable.
, I had one of my bad days. It was a particularly bad day of a particularly bad week. I my worries, thinking about the past and future. I felt anxious and . Things not at all. And so I tried to myself by looking down — down into my phone.
I looked forof cute animals. That didn't work. I looked for inspirational quotes. They didn't seem relevant to my situation. Even my video of two holding hands while floating on their backs failed to me .
So I put my phone away and waited on a crowded train platform,space. The train arrived, and the moment the train doors opened, I noticed a young woman wearing a T-shirt with large letters. I thought, " what English is on that?" But to my surprise, it simply stated, "I love the present time."
The message on that T-shirt unexpectedlymy mood. I was so worried about my past and anxious about my future that I'd forgotten to notice what was going well in the present. I smiled at the young woman and my train. Things suddenly started to look up.
Sometimes, once you start literally looking up, the universe — the real one, not the one in the palm of your hand — starts to help you out. It starts to give you some life. My next lesson was the following day when, on another train platform, I noticed someone else wearing a T-shirt with large letters. This time the T-shirt read, "Your story isn't over yet." It reminded me that whatever tough time I'm having, I've always been , and always . Nothing is ever , and my story was definitely not going to end with me in a mood.
As my mood began to improve, I decided toto dinner at my local noodle shop. I left my phone in my bag and as I looked around the room, I noticed a calendar that said in Japanese, "You only live once." I'd seen that calendar so many times, but it was that I noticed its message.
The universe works in mysterious ways. And while there will always be things that make us laugh and bring us joy from our, sometimes the simplest way to is to lift your head and look up.
The Japan Times ST: April 21, 2017