Does a bad morning make a bad day or do you have a choice?
So this is how my morning started….
This morning, I woke up before my alarm went off only to discover, I was having “feminine issues” that made it look like a small animal had been sacrificed in my panties. You’ve been there – well, ladies, you have been there. Men, I’m sorry that graphic description, but you should just be thankful you never have to go through that. It is a mess.
Then, my husband was at home while I was getting ready for work. We share a bathroom. He came in for not just one morning constitutional, but two. Let’s hear it for regularity. (insert eye roll)
Then when I was ready to walk out the door, my youngest son informed me we had to go to his sister’s to get his shoes because he had come home barefooted yesterday. Bear in mind, it was time to leave.
Then, my car was locked. My keys were inside. At this point, I’m thinking, “this is the Monday-est Friday ever”.
On days like today, I have a choice and so do you.
I can choose to let a few hiccups ruin my day, or I can let those few hiccups go. Then the question is how do I let the problems go?
I can choose to live in the current moment, or live in the past.
When I was grieving my brother’s death the most and grief would sneak up on me and slam me against a wall, I would make an effort to consciously remind myself, “a bad moment isn’t a bad day”. I can grieve in this moment and then move on with my day. Even if grief grabbed me again later in the day, I could embrace that moment for a moment and then move on from it again.
I can choose to look for things to be thankful for.
I am thankful I wasn’t wearing new or expensive panties. I am thankful that my husband and I are “real” enough with each other to be able to come into the bathroom while the other is in there. I am thankful he was “regular” today, because irregularity puts him in a bad mood. I am thankful that my oldest daughter and youngest son like each other enough to spend time together and that my daughter only lives a short drive away. I am thankful my son had shoes to leave. I am thankful I have a car. I am thankful my husband hadn’t left yet with the other key to that car.
See how that works?
The more things I think of that I’m thankful for, the less bad it all seems. I have also found that listing things I am grateful for every night helps me stay in a better frame of mind. I know this is one of Oprah’s things and I’m not promoting Oprah but it really does work. God’s word tell me in Phillipians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Did you get that? “And the God of peace will be with you.” I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little more peace in my life!
So today, you have a choice…
You can choose to let 5 bad minutes ruin a whole day, or you can chose to rescue the other 1440 minutes and do something glorious with them! The choice is yours!