It was one of those mornings, just a miniature disaster away from becoming one of those days. There were a bunch of little things. I accidentally turned-off my alarm and slept later than I wanted to. One boy threw a fit about wanting to wear the previous day’s dirty jeans and the other one spilled a full glass of juice on the floor.
Full. Glass. Of juice.
The dishwasher had to be unloaded so I could fill it with the stack of dirty dishes from the previous night. I got an unpleasant e-mail from the web designer who deleted a dozen pages from my site. All this added up to leaving the house late and I “had to” speed so I could still get a good spot in yoga class. As I worked up a good simmer driving down the road, some car pulled up right behind me and tailgated me for a mile, which I really hate. One of the boys turned around to see the car I’m telling to back off and says, “Look Mom, it’s a police car!”
Then I got pulled over.
And as I wait there on the side of the side of the road for the officer to bring back my license and a hefty ticket (what I very rightly deserved) thinking, “Ugh, this is THE WORST day EVER,” I had a realization: I could bounce back and still have a great day. There was no reason to let circumstances (mostly in my control in the first place) dictate how the rest of my day would go. Furthermore, I decided that I shouldn’t let my lousy attitude allow me to make lousy decisions. Like excessive speeding.
The very nice State Patrol officer returned with my license and because I had a clear record and, I kid you not, my kids were buckled safely (seriously? who is not making their children buckle up?), I did not get the ticket I should have gotten. I did miss yoga entirely, but spent the time working-out with a friend instead, so nice a trade. My morning got better and the day that looked pretty rotten was actually pretty great.
All that to say, the kind of day you have is up to you. Your circumstances might require you to try harder to maintain a good attitude, but it’s still your choice in the end. So try starting your day with a smile (and some encouraging Bible verses never hurt either, try Isaiah 41:10 or 1 Peter 5:7) and see where that takes you.
Or print this handy and decorative reminder and frame it on your wall. There are lots of choices because I started messing around with PicMonkey while watching Survivor the other night and I before I knew it, there were way more than I intended. Enjoy.
If you want to download, just click on the image you like and follow to the next page. These print best as 8 x 10 photos and if you need help with the printing, just send me an e-mail and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.
How do you turn that from upside down? Do you have any tips for keeping a positive attitude during trying times? Any favorite encouraging Bible verses or quotes?