Happy Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day! Today is a big reminder to not stress over the small stuff. So don’t drive yourself bonkers by worrying over things that are out of your control, instead take a deep breath and say help to a new day. By focusing on bright days ahead, a fresh look on life that is filled with optimism and positivity will go a long way. If you are having a hard time letting go of a funky attitude, read our blog here about faking it until you make it, which offers some genius tips for owning a better attitude.
Where did the Expression Come From Anyway?
The origins of the expression ‘don’t cry over spilled milk’ have been debated; however, many think the saying comes from old European tales. In these folklores, fairies loved milk and would drink any spills of milk that had been left behind.
Join in on the Celebration
We challenge you to jump feet first into the celebration of Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. Remember, as John Shufeldt says, “You alone have the power to change the course of your life. If you can’t, and many believe they can’t, at least change your perspective.” Grab your life by the horns, give it a smile and don’t cry over spilled milk.
From Chapter 11 “Perspective” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Lemons? Or Lemonade?
You’ve probably heard this century-old bit of wisdom about perspective: “If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” Although it didn’t originate with him, the late Dale Carnegie, well-known writer, lecturer and self-improvement guru, commented on it in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. First published in 1946, the book is still in print today, with more than six million copies sold in dozens of languages.
“The fool,” he wrote, “if he finds that life has handed him a lemon, he gives up and says: ‘I’m beaten. It is fate. I haven’t got a chance.’ Then he proceeds to rail against the world and indulge in an orgy of self-pity. But when the wise man is handed a lemon, he says: ‘What lesson can I learn from this misfortune? How can I improve my situation? How can I turn this lemon into lemonade?’” The answer, of course, is by a change of perspective.
In 2009, a 50th anniversary edition of another popular book about worry was released. Written by Dr. John Edmund Haggai, a contemporary Christian leader and author with over 60 years of service, the book is titled How to Win Over Worry. Like Carnegie’s book, it has sold millions of copies in multiple languages.
In it, Haggai offers this insight, “The radar of worry sweeps far beyond the actual dangers and makes you believe that you’re hemmed in on every side by problems you can’t solve. Winning over worry begins with gaining proper perspective. . . . It all comes down to this: You choose to worry or you choose not to.”
Worry—a futile and deadly exercise that throughout human history has claimed millions of lives. Yet despite hundreds of books warning of its dangers, it continues unabated. Google the word “worry” and you’ll get about 499 million results.
With gazillions of words on the subject, Dr. Haggai summed it all up in just nine of them: “You choose to worry or you choose not to.”
So what’s it going to be for you—lemons, lemonade or, better yet, limoncello?
We’d love to hear from you! How are you going to celebrate Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day?