Not gonna lie. I’ve had a tough run these last few weeks. Bad days. Many bad days. Don’t get me wrong, there have been good days too. I’ve even made a lot of the changes I set out to make, lots of progress, uphill climbing and all that. We had some great times as a family and with friends as well.
But here’s the thing. I’m human. The people around me are human. The world is chock full of humans. And as a race, we humans have a tendency to make mistakes, to trip up, to get nasty, and then to get sad, mad or simply lie on the floor and never want to lift our heads up again, preferring to let anyone and anything walk all over us. At least we don’t have to make any kind of effort to do that.
This is how I’ve felt many many times recently.
When one thing goes right, another will inevitably go wrong, or at least that’s what the wise Mr. Murphy says. Alanis Morisette says it well in her song, “Ironic.” Life has a funny way of helping you out.
But, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s just a bad day, not a bad life. Things have been tough, but not “shunned because I am a female and can’t get an education” tough. Not “I can’t afford groceries or birthday gifts for my kids” tough. Not “I have an incurable disease, or have lost my home and possessions in a fire” type of tough, or the millions of other kinds of tough that are so extreme that I literally can’t believe they’re real.
It’s the type of tough that I can handle, because guess what? I’m tough too. I can still wake up every morning, look my life straight in the eye, and say, “You’re mine! No matter what you hurl at me, I can take it and still come out on top.” It might take a while and it might not be easy or exactly the way I’d like, but hey, it’s challenging and the thrill of overcoming the obstacles gives me fresh strength for the next round.
I’ve just got to keep remember that even if there’s nothing I can do about it, and if can still get through it, it’s not really that bad. Doubly so if there is something I can do about it! It might feel pretty bad THAT DAY, but if it won’t matter to me next week or in 6 months, then why let it get me down today?
After all, there are so many beautiful things in my life that I wouldn’t want to miss out on enjoying them because of a few setbacks or tough days, however gloomy and doomy they may seem at the time.
So, you had a bad day, but here’s to a beautiful life!