I’m sure that at least once you’ve caught yourself saying, “It’s going to be one of those days.” You know…the kind of day when the water gets turned off, people cut you off, and none of the grocery stores have the ingredient you need. The kind of day when your order finally arrives in the mail and is wrong, which means you have to pay to ship it back. The kind of day when you spill a can of peas and they all go rolling across the floor, disappearing under the refrigerator. Yes, this was actually my day today. But, instead of bracing myself for the next possible catastrophe, I decided to try something different. I decided to see each experience as separate and unattached to the rest of the day. And you know what? It wasn’t really a bad day at all!
On the positive side, fellow grocery shoppers were in relatively good moods. A friend shared her entire diet plan via email and offered encouragement through the holiday feasting. The post office employee taped up my package for me so I could mail the item back in the same envelope (and save three dollars). And the water was turned back on a full four hours before I expected. Best of all, I didn’t spend the day being a grump!
Stuff happens; that’s life. The problem begins when we get attached to all the let-downs. All we can expect of ourselves is to deal the best we can with whatever comes up…then let it go. We don’t have to wait for tomorrow’s sun to rise before we can feel better, or before our luck shifts. We can decide that each day is merely a series of moments offering many fresh starts.
…just something to keep in mind this Thursday when you spill the gravy down your new, white blouse.
Please excuse the lack of editing—it’s just been… well, you know 🙂
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