Today is just “one of those days”. I woke up wishing for more sleep as I was up a lot with Isbe throughout the night. There have been a few times I wanted to put myself in timeout. Then to top it all off, one of the hubby’s presents came in completely wrong and the company wasn’t much help. When a day goes wrong, what’s a girl to do?
The first thing would be to remember that I am not in control. After I opened the package and found the wrong item, I just set it on the counter and basically ignored it for a little bit. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the time afterward just happened to be my quiet time with God. I focused more on Him and the Bible study I’m in than all that had gone wrong up to that point. After the kids woke up, I called the company to see what could be done. I’m pretty sure I handled what they had to say with more grace than I would have without that time with God.
The second thing would be to make another cup of coffee. Since I’m still nursing a couple of times a day, I honestly try not to have more than one (giant) cup of coffee, but some days just call for two. I still have a to-do list that needs to be fulfilled today and quite frankly, the tasks require more energy than I care to give at the moment.
The third thing to do would be to remember that I can no longer control what has happened up to this point. What’s done is done and the only thing I can control about it is whether I still let it control me. I can do a reset of sorts and determine that the rest of my day will be better than the day I’ve had already. Of course the only way I can really do that is by controlling how I react to it. Hopefully I won’t go to bed thinking I deserve a time-out like I did at nap time. Is it going to be easy? Maybe not. Will I be happier if I choose to control myself better? Definitely yes.
And the fourth thing I can do is remember the easy, joyful moments that happened today. The amount of time when Ade sat on my lap as he played a game and I played ball with Isbe. I can focus on the amount of laughter we’ve had today instead of only focusing on the amount of irritation that came. What I continually set my mind on is what my mind will learn to focus on. I need to learn to focus on the good more than the bad.
Not every day is going to be like it was yesterday where I woke up ready to face the day. No every good day is going to be completely good, just as not every bad day is going to be completely bad. Yes I hope tomorrow will be better. Yes I still have to figure out an alternative to the present situation. No I don’t have to go about any of it with a bad attitude. And neither do you. Choose to be above the bad and irritating. If that seems like too much for you to achieve in the moment then know that there is Someone Who is already at a higher level and He will help you. Happy Tuesday!