On a bad day, there’s always lipstick…AND WINE!
Have you ever milked a bad day or a bad hour? Have you ever let yourself wallow in misery to absolutely no benefit to you, your children, or your family. Why do we do this?
As humans, something inside each of us is always looking for both praise and sympathy, and often times, we are seeking these things simultaneously. But why? Why, when something goes wrong, do we want the whole world to know that we are “suffering”? Yes, I did use the word suffering, even though most of the time that is a total exaggeration, based on the context and magnitude of the things that are making our day bad. Let’s have a little perspective here people — myself included.
As parents, I think there is something in our nature to use a bad day as a prompt for human connection. Especially for SAHMS and SAHDS, some of whom are isolated with their children for most of the day, having other adults to communicate and commiserate with provides them with the much-needed adult interaction they are desiring.
More often than not, I sweat the small stuff. I more than sweat it; it drips off of my body like I am a melting ice sculpture. But…no more. I am changing that, and I am changing it today. Are you with me? Are you ready to stop milking your bad days? I think you are.
Keep this “Pep Talk” handy for when you need it most and upon conclusion of reciting it, throw that bad day in the trash and start over, right then, at that moment.
Today is not bad, you are just mad.
Mad because life can be hard.
Life is hard and that is good,
Because challenges make you into the person you should.
I’m not going to scream and I’m not going to cry.
I’m going to pick myself up and I’m going to try.
Try to be happy and try to stay strong,
When you maintain a smile, you cannot go wrong.
So have a good laugh and pick yourself up,
Then pour you some wine in a big GIANT cup.
Feel better yet? I do.
See, bad days really are that easy to come out of. All it takes is a change of your mindset and your attitude. Would you rather be one of those people who go through life grumbling and mumbling about all of your hardships and frustrations, or the person who chooses happiness to be their approach, no matter their circumstance?
“A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you change it”. – Unknown