Ask Yourself, Was It Really A Bad Day?

 

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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11 thoughts on “Ask Yourself, Was It Really A Bad Day?

  1. I think we are all guilty of this at times! We give to much power to the bad moments or minutes of our day and let it set the tone for the rest of the day when if we just let it go we can focus on making the rest of the day a good day.

  2. This is such a great reminder, I do this all the time! And sometimes it’s over very insignificant things but making sure you keep a positive attitude really can make a difference.

  3. The best advice I ever heard about how to deal with bad moments/things happening is to acknowledge it, feel the feeling, and then move on. I try to keep that in mind when my day or week is a struggle.

  4. This is such great advice. Most of us are incredibly lucky compared to so many other people in the world. One thing not going right in the day doesn’t make it a bad day. We have beds to sleep in, food on the table, roofs over our heads – it’s never really a bad day.

  5. We all have moments or lengthy periods of time during any given day where it would classify as a bad day. It’s taken me years to realize that everyday is a blessing and that bad moments doesn’t make it a bad day.

  6. This is such great advice. Most of us are incredibly lucky compared to so many other people in the world. Like my home country for exampleThings in Brazil are so much worse…

  7. This is a great ‘trick’ for trying to maintain perspective. I love the saying ‘not everyday is good, but there is good in everyday’. It helps to look for the positive, for sure.

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