I saw a post recently that simply said, “Was it really a bad day, or was it a bad five minutes that you milked all day? How many of us do that? We have a bad moment, and then we think about it or stew on it all day, making the whole day bad. I have! I will raise my hand in shame here, but I first noticed this whole bad day versus bad moment thing with my five-year-old.
I picked him up from kindergarten one day and asked him how his day was. And he said, “Oh not so good mommy”, “I had a bad day”. I said, “I’m so sorry”. “How was it a bad day?” He said I was talking and the teacher asked me to stop a few times and I had my name written on the board. I said, “Oh honey, you didn’t have a bad day, you just had a bad moment.” “What was good about the rest of your day?” He thought about it for a moment and listed several other things that were good that day. He got to play with his best friend at lunch and got a pride paw for walking nicely in the hallway, his art teacher liked his artwork and they got to eat marshmallows during at centers. All things he was so excited to tell me. So I said, “See you had one moment that was bad but look at all these other moments that were great, you can’t say you had a bad day at all, you just had a bad moment.”
As an adult, I’ve seen so many times in my life where I milked a bad moment all day.
I ruined my own day.
I gave more power to the bad situation that lasted a few moments than to all the good things that happen on those days.
So this is my motivation for you for this Monday. When Monday rolls around just the sound of that alarm clock going off can set the tone for a bad day…but get up, turn that alarm clock off, decide what will make the next steps you are going to take a bit easier. Enjoy the coffee first, pray, hug someone and say good morning, look at the sunrise, walk the dog, go for a jog, make it a good day!
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