We have all heard the tale of Henny Penny running around shouting, “The sky is falling; the sky is falling!” And simply because an acorn fell on Henny Penny’s head. We all know people who exaggerate every little thing to the point of exhaustion. And if we truly look inward at ourselves, we have all, at one time or another, fallen into that doom and gloom trap.
As women, we are constantly going from one task to the other, rushing to car pool, going to work, going to the market, picking up kids, cooking dinner and on and on. All of these outside demands can add up to tension, insecurity and anxiety within our own heads. And these pressures coupled with the overall state of the world can lead to our own Henny Penny moments.
Have you ever had a day that just seemed fraught with adversity? You hear yourself saying, “Can this day get any worse?” It’s as if the universe itself is against you! Life seems like a colossal struggle. Everything you try to accomplish ends up in failure or complete and utter frustration. In short, the sky is falling.
Think about the time you went shopping and everything you tried on looked awful. Or you bought something beautiful, got it home and the security tag was still on it. Remember locking your keys in the car? The dinner you burned for your husband’s boss? That awful haircut you got right before a work party? What about showing up for work with two different shoes on? All Henny Penny flashes that can weaken your self-confidence and allow you to question yourself and your ability to succeed.
Sometimes we reach the point of saying, “Oh Lord, just shoot me now!” We are in a place where our lives seem like an over whelming migraine or a never-ending barrage of Chicken Little events that turn into apocalyptical occurrences. We bask in self-pity, and we say things like … “What I am doing will never work.” If anything else goes wrong, I quit!” “My life is a failure.”
Remember the day you finally had the kitchen floor mopped? Then, boom! The sky fell and somebody spilled a glass of juice all over the floor. Yep, self-pity at its finest hits you like a ton of bricks. And you feel like sitting down and giving up. Life is full of ups and downs and for sure, a total balancing act. Acorns hit you each and every day along with all the lemons thrown at you.
We do, however, have the ability to change our circumstances and to have faith in those around us and in our heavenly Father. Through faith, we can overcome adversity and fix those things that are broken. We can learn to make adjustments, to laugh at ourselves, to enjoy the people we meet along the way who may have helped us with that flat tire or the broken window or the stopped up toilet. We can learn to see a future without doom and hopelessness. You can learn to recognize all the blessings that have been laid out before you.
We can all find a way to surround ourselves with people who support us, laugh with us, provide constructive criticism and move to the side with us when they see an acorn falling from that tree. In times of trial and tribulation, they will truthfully ask you, “Is the sky really falling?” These are the inspirations that will uplift you in times of trial, and they will walk with you as you carry on with life. These women are our friends, our sisters, and the encouragers who give us courage to move forward, one step at a time.
Remember, it’s easy to get caught up in our own drama, to become frantic, to overreact. But if you truly want to live a life of victory, stop for a moment and smell the coffee. Wake up to the reality that the sky is not falling, and you can make lemonade with all the lemons that life has thrown at you. Then have a party with all those beautiful ladies who lift you up each and every day.
To gain more insight on “The Chicken Little Syndrome,” be sure to tune in to Warrior Divas, Episode 7 available now at divasimpact.com/podcasts.