Don’t have another bad day!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Personal Development | 8 comments

Most situations in life are neutral and it is only our perception that is good or bad. There’s power in perception and you can decide what kind of day you’ll have by looking at your day the right way.

I almost had a bad day

Earlier this week I had a day that was not going smoothly. I was tired and groggy in the morning and had trouble getting going. I headed out to work a few minutes late after having to change the outfit I laid out the night before due to unexpected cold weather. A blanket of fresh snow slowed traffic considerably and I was getting later and later by the second.

When I arrived at work late, I might have qualified it as a bad day but I didn’t. I wasn’t about to have a bad day on account of a few small setbacks.

Then I really almost had a bad day

I arrived home that evening to a burst pipe and a flooded family room. Okay, now I was having a bad day- but I wasn’t, really. We were really fortunate the flooding happened in the middle of a remodel and our furniture and valuables were out of the room. The sopping carpet was the old carpet we intended to replace anyway.

I admit I felt a little bit of stress over dealing with the cleanup but the damage was really minimal. The important thing was this was a situation I could handle. It was a much bigger setback than I experienced in the morning, but it was still manageable. By putting my situation in perspective I was able to deal with the inconveniences and still have an okay day!

don't have a bad dayImage courtesy of That Girl Crystal

Is it actually a bad day or just an inconvenience

Do you get worked up over the little things like waking up late, heavy traffic, spilling coffee on your shirt? No doubt these experiences are inconvenient but are they bad? Does your entire day have to be bad because of an inconvenience? What if, instead, you saw these situations for what they are- inconveniences and just that.

When you experience inconveniences your life isn’t greatly affected- you still have your family, your job, your home. You have all the things that you have on a good day. When you change your focus from the immediate inconvenience and consider your life as a whole you may find those things that cause you to have a bad day aren’t really so bad.

Okay, but sometimes it really is a bad day

Sure, sometimes you just have a bad day and you just can’t find your perspective. It happens to me, too. When I find myself in a funk I make an effort to shake off a bad day.

When I’m really having a bad day, I love to listen to the song Bad Day by Fierce Bad Rabbit and I usually end up with a smile on my face.

“So it’s a sign today you won’t fly, your beautiful wings clipped by this life. Another day, another way, spread those wings and you’re gonna fly high. Everything will be fine. Just wait and see.” ~Fierce Bad Rabbit

The point is you don’t have to be victim of circumstance. You don’t have to buy in to the “Monday” cliche.

The kind of life you experience is up to you. You don’t have to have a bad day just because things aren’t going your way. And when you do have a bad day, because sometimes that happens, you can wake up tomorrow and have a better day.

It’s not too late to set yourself up for a great day

Why wait for a few setbacks to do damage control? I also have some tips for making every day a great day! Why not start the day right? Even if it’s the middle of the day, you can restart your day.

LLW-ICONS-e1310587621360I love your comments! Have you ever changed your perspective to change a “bad” situation into a neutral situation? How do you cope when you have a bad day?

8 Comments

  1. Hey Chrysta,

    I so hear what you’re saying and it’s out own minds that decide whether or not we’re going to have a bad day.

    Changing your outfit and being late to work don’t constitute a bad day unless you dictate it that way which you didn’t. Now the busted pipe you can really call a God send because it was during the remodel and the old carpet. Oh sure, it was a pain to clean up but you would much prefer that happening when it did instead of after the fact.

    We all have that deciding moment when we chose which direction to go. I’m proud of you actually for choosing not to head in that downward spiral.

    Love this post and great advice for all of us. Now, you have a fabulous day tomorrow and make it a great day!

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      There’s even more to the story! So when we planned the remodel we wanted to replace the ceiling in the family room but doing so was outside our budget. Well guess what?! Our ceiling is damaged beyond repair and the insurance is paying for a new ceiling. This may actually turn into a blessing in disguise!

      Thanks again for your encouragement! Have a wonderful day yourself!

      Chrysta

  2. Hi Chrysta

    Well you had sort of a bummer of a day! I always kind of look at it this way. It could have been worse. Like if you were able to leave on time, you could have been at the wrong place at the wrong time. I have come across accidents and wonder if I had been there just a bit sooner, would have I been with the wrecked car? Then it makes you thankful for being late.

    Things could always be worse. I have had to remind myself that many times over the past few years. I try to live each day with the attitude that “in this moment everything is okay.”

    Nice post.

    Mary

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mary!

      I love the perspective you shared- I believe that, too! When I get stuck in traffic I consider that maybe I’m avoiding an accident a few minutes before or after. Life doesn’t always go my way but as long as I’m safe and healthy I have few complaints about minor inconveniences. Things could be, and have been, a lot worse so I’ll thank my lucky stars for every day I have!

      I’m so pleased you stopped by. Thank you and have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. Chrysta, I hopped over here from Adrienne’s blog (finding her very inspirational today!). The best thing I do is to, like you said, “restart” after I get over myself from something that happened. Also, I try to start every day by doing my routine of exercise and clearing my mind, getting a meditative “recharge.” I find that when I do that as a habit I am much happier throughout the day and able to take life’s little speed bumps much better than if I hadn’t stopped to do it.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Julie!

      You have some great habits that set you up for a fulfilling and happy life- way to go!

      I love using a restart to adjust my mood and refresh my spirit. I received some disappointing news upon arriving at work today and a restart its just what I need today.

      Thank you for your awesome comment! Have a grateful day.

      Chrysta

  4. Chrysta! I have MISSED you! This is something I tell our trainees AND my own children all the time. Things don’t have to wreck the day.This is fabulous! Now, I am off to read what I have missed! :)

    • It’s so great to hear from you! Thanks for coming by today! <3

      I see the attitude that a minor inconvenience equals a bad day and, honestly, it annoys me sometimes. I loathe to see otherwise perfectly wonderful people make their lives miserable! I dislike it even more when they project that attitude onto me because I definitely don't want to be miserable!

      I'm happy to hear I'm not the only person spreading this positive message and encouraging people to have a good day even when things don't go their way!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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