Friday, May 18, 2012

Restart. Repeat as necessary.

At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.
It was an otherwise ordinary day. I was going about my routines, doing the things that needed to be done. I took a moment to share a link on Facebook and saw this from a friend in my news feed:
Happy for the option to restart my day...as often as I need to. :)

Wow.

This was a great reminder. (Thank you, Kristie!) How often do we get off to a bad start and everything goes downhill from there? Then, maybe even before lunch, we write the whole day off as crappy.

What if it didn’t need to be crappy for the whole rest of the day? What if we could hit a reset button?

The image above has been floating around the internet for some time now.  I can't find whom to properly credit, but the sentiment is so important.
At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.

That's a powerful realization.

Sometimes we need to be brave enough to say, “You know what? This is NOT the day I’m going to have.” Even if we need to take it an hour at a time, or a minute at a time, that’s okay.

I think we should try this: Acknowledge that our day has been rough so far, because for whatever reason, it has been. Remind ourselves that what’s done is done. It’s over. You can’t change the past. Then, take a deep breath and say, “From this point forward, it is a new day” and treat it as such.

If you need some more ideas on how to restart your day, try this post from Kyndra Steinmann: Ten Ways to Restart a Bad Day (Turning Things Around).  I particularly like #3:
Refocus: Ask yourself “Is what I’m doing central to my purpose or can it wait for a better day?”

Maybe the day will improve. Maybe it won’t. Maybe things will continue their swirly descent down the toilet. And then we start again... acknowledge, breathe, restart. And again. And again.

We can restart as many times as we need. That is a magical thing.

How do you pull yourself out of a rough day? Do you muddle through until it’s over? Do you restart your day?

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4 comments:

  1. Great post, Sherri. I love the idea of restarting at any point in the day. I've never liked writing off a whole day because it starts out crappy, though turning off the frustration (or whatever came up from the crappiness) can sometimes be hard to do. Thanks for this reminder!

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  2. Love this sentiment, Sherri. I heard the same thing recently about changing the story you tell yourself. It's amazing how empowering or deflating our own words inside our head can be. May as well make them work for us!

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  3. Awesome post! Thank you for the reminder that we have control over how we behave and react to negative situations. :-)

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  4. [...] a day started off one way, doesn’t mean it has to end that way (flashback to my old post Restart. Repeat as Necessary.). I’m turning it [...]

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