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Perspective Coloring Page from Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal

Hi friends! We're now less than two weeks away from the launch date for Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal. As you may have noticed, I've been sharing some of the coloring pages over the past few weeks, all colored by yours truly, to give you a sense of what the journal has to offer. So far I've shared:

In addition to coloring pages, the journal includes questions, written prompts, and doodle prompts to help you reframe your worries and minimize anxiety in your daily life.

Really, it all comes down to perspective. Everything seems more difficult and overwhelming when we're wading through the muck of a disappointment, crisis, or tragedy, knee-deep in our messy emotions. But oftentimes when we step back and view things in a different light, life suddenly seems more manageable, and sometimes the painful seems not only tolerable but also useful.

There's a Taoist fable that I've found particularly powerful because it reminds me not to panic when things go “wrong.” You've quite possibly read it before, but perhaps it's something you need to read again today:

A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away.

His neighbors said, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses following. The man and his son corralled all twenty-one horses.

His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

One of the wild horses kicked the man’s only son, breaking both his legs.

His neighbors said, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted to fight. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer’s son was spared, since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted.

His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

You can't see the whole picture from where you're standing, so take a deep breath and remind yourself that things likely aren't as bad as they seem. And even if the worst thing happened, you could handle it and maybe even grow and gain in ways you can't possibly predict.

From now until June 26th, you'll get three bonus gifts, including a guided meditation series on letting go, when you pre-order Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal. All you need to do is order a copy here and forward your purchase confirmation email to worryjournal@tinybuddha.com.

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book, Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

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