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. :)
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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