Real life includes experiences ranging from extreme pain to absolute joy, and most of the times it hovers between the middle of those limits. There is a dividing line somewhere between each end of the spectrum. If our experiences can be on the comfort side of this dividing line most of the time, we are doing rather well.
We also need to accept the fact that we get below this dividing line sometimes because that is the way life is for everyone. Joy and pain do co-exist in a healthy person. When we are aware of this full spectrum of experiences we can be satisfied when we don’t experience joy all the time and realize that things are still going well. Keep expectations realistic during the holidays and everyday.
“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” Eleanor Roosevelt