You know what I am saying.
It could be when you pick what you thought was the shorter line at the supermarket, and the cashier has to call a manager for help for the person in front of you. You watch the next line over go through two customers before the manager even gets to your register. It figures.
Maybe you are driving somewhere for an appointment and seem to get every red light on the way there. It figures.
You could get a telephone call and forget to take the chicken out of the oven, and it gets overcooked. It figures.
Something happens that is not what you planned or wanted, and you say, “It figures.”
This is one of those expressions that annoys me. Yes, it annoys me. You may ask me why it annoys me. I may ask you, “Why does it figure?”
Do things not go your way in life so consistently that you just figure that that is what is going to happen?
I would be surprised if you honestly answered, “Yes.” If you did, though, and that much truly seems to go wrong in your life, then perhaps it is time to ask yourself a question. Are things really going that wrong, or is it time for you to make a change?
Is it your outlook that needs to change? Do you see the negative in most situations? Why do you think that is? Seriously. Pause and ask yourself why your first instinct would be to see the negative.
Are you back? First let me send you a virtual hug because you may need one.
Let us imagine that you did get stuck in a line that took longer in the supermarket. You did not have to be anywhere else when you were finished shopping, anyway. You were going to go home, put up your feet, and read a book. Thus, rather than looking at the few extra minutes that you had to wait as the event that ruins your day, why not look at it as the few minutes that someone else was able to get some help? Did it really cost you anything?
Is it your attitude that needs to change? Do you see the worst in situations because you have a woe is me attitude?
Dinner was a little overcooked. It happens once in a while. Is it really that big of a deal? If the chicken is a little dry, maybe you can add some gravy to it. Chances are that your side dishes are still going to be delicious!
Is it where you put your focus that needs to change?
You are on your way somewhere. You are scheduled to be there at a certain time, and you get red lights as you are driving. The red lights do not make you late, though, so why were you so focused on them? What was the problem? Why would you say, “It figures?”
Is it not that IT figures but that you figure? If you already figure that the worst is going to happen, then why bother in the first place. Maybe it is because you do not truly expect the worst. As a matter of fact, you hope for the best. If you hope for the best, then why not make it a point to see the best?
Please let me encourage you to, each time that you feel like it figures, stop yourself. Say to yourself, “This seems inconvenient, yet is it really such a concern?” Then look for something positive in the same situation. Can you do that? Will you do that? The more that you practice looking for the positives, the more natural seeing the positives may come to you. Maybe you will even get to a point where you say, “Wow, that was such a good experience It figures.” 😁
To help you check your own perspective, watch this boy’s inspirational video.
Comment below if you are willing to share a situation when you had a negative feeling but then could later see the good in it. I would love to read about how you turned your frown upside down!