Agree? “Life is a Train of Moods Like a String of Beads,” or, “We Bring Our Own Weather to the Picnic.”

“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its focus.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

In other words, we bring our own weather to the picnic.

  • MaggieRose59

    I partly agree with the first part and fully agree with the second, but as something we choose, not as something we just can’t help. Time was when inflicting your “mood” on those around you would have been considered extremely selfish and an immature lack of self-control. Today it seems to be the norm. As women, we do experience fluctuating moods for no visible reason, however to indulge them is, I think, just a bad habit. If you are bringing your gloomy mood to the picnic and don’t have the wherewithal to put on a cheerful aspect for the sake of being good company (and thereby, most likely, lifting your mood) then you should probably stay at home.
    I hope that doesn’t sound nasty. I’m not trying to be nasty, just truthful.

  • Mimi Gregor

    How true. I have an online acquaintance who always seems to have negative things to say: she never should have married or been a mother… her relatives and she don’t get along… she hates her job… things always seem to be going wrong for her. She doesn’t seem to realize that the reason things “always go wrong for her” is because of her attitude. I’m sure she must have good things happen to her, and things around her to admire, as well as people she likes. But this is not what she focuses upon. The good things pass by with barely a cursory nod to them, and the bad things stay in her craw for days. If you are permanently in a bad mood, then that will color your entire outlook, and all you will be able to perceive is the bad, even though the good is out there.

    It doesn’t require becoming a Pollyanna to change this. All you have to do is give as much attention to the good things that happen to you: the compliment from a stranger, a door held open for you, a fun conversation with a neighbor, some cute thing your pet did. Savor them. Roll them around on your tongue and taste them. Once you start paying attention to the good things, you start looking for them… and finding them. As Sam Gamgee once said, “There’s nothing like looking for something if you want to find it.”

  • Judy

    Check out the song Bring the Weather by Crowded House

    • Or the song, “Welcome to England” by Tori Amos (“You gotta bring your own sun, sweet girl.”)