Overpower the pity party

It takes extra courage to look like an idiot. Imagine doing this in a roomful of people while they do their best to not laugh. You will survive.

The hardest part of anticipatory grief is knowing in advance the end result of holidays and family gatherings will always be the same: dysfunctional and interrupted.

How then to counter this phenomenon? Try anticipatory joy. What can we look forward to? Smiling faces of friends greet us. True appreciation for thoughtfulness warms the heart. The beauty of honest effort combats the misery of hopelessness.

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