“A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation…is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.”  — George Matthew Adams; 1878–1962

We all tell ourselves stories, interpreting events to fit into some broad narrative that makes some sort of sense of life in accordance with our world view. Framing refers to the process of choosing how to view or “frame” our life experiences. The framing decisions we make powerfully impact

–  The lessons we take away,
–  Our self concept,
–  Our energy levels, and
–  Our future decisions including whether we persist or give up

An excellent example of framing:

After trailing virtually the entire game, #7-ranked University of Florida had to score twice in the final 1:52 seconds to avoid a colossal upset to the unranked Homecoming opponent, Louisiana-Lafayette. Louisiana-Layfayette coach Mark Hudspeth urged his players to watch Florida’s wild post-game celebration. Masochism? No, rather a powerful and inspiring re-frame: “Anytime you see the seventh ranked team in the country storm the field like they won the Super Bowl to beat you, you know you are doing some good things.”  — The New York Times, November 11, 2012, Sports, p.8.

Closing quotes:

“Life turns out best for those who make the best of how life turns out.”  — Proverb

“Two men looked out a window, one saw bars, the other saw stars.”  — Unknown

“Frame thy mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.”  — William Shakespeare; 1564–1616