Have you seen the movie Forest Gump? Do you remember when Forest is being chased down by a group of men throwing rocks from a truck that’s trying to run him down? Have you ever noticed throughout the film, Forest ironically shows a positive response to what most people would consider to be seriously traumatizing situations.
A walk home with Jenny, to Free Dr. Peppers to all you can eat ice cream… Forest finds a sense of joy or gratitude throughout his trying situations. I find humor in distressing situations can bring about some relief from the pain. Providing brief moments of joy, even while in suffering.
Likewise, if you need to escape, turn up your head phones and breakaway with music and find humor in the situation. Listen to something random that makes you laugh and removes you from the situation. Visualize some humor or focus on something you can find or bring gratitude to the situation. Forest brought gratitude and humor to everything. “Well… I got shot in the buttocks, but hey! I can have ALL the FREE ice cream I can eat!!!”
Forest Gump is a great example of a positive minded person, who found “Joy in all his sufferings.”
Matthew 18:3King James Version (KJV)
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.