Once You Tell Yourself


I am in a good mood nearly all of the time.  I choose to be.

But no matter how chipper you are, there are days that get away from you.  There are days that are not “good days.”  Yesterday was one of those days.  No matter what I did, I could not get myself righted.  Hell, by the end of the day, I didn’t want to change it.  I wanted to wallow in it.  So I did.

The weird thing is, when I look back at the day, it really wasn’t a bad day.  There were no “real” bad things that happened to me or anyone that I loved.  It was just a series of little things that added up…and hijacked it. Interestingly, there were some really good things.  But that is not how I remember yesterday.

More importantly, I think, is that I got annoyed early in the day.  I got annoyed and didn’t get over it.

At that point, I decided to have a bad day.

Everyone has days like that.  Hopefully, they are few and far between for you.  But once you tell yourself it’s a bad day, your brain starts to look for reasons to back that up.  That’s what happened to me yesterday.  The problem is that if you “ask” your brain to find you things that are bad, it will oblige.  It will seek and find every little thing that could annoy you.  That is what you told it to find.

Today will be different.  Today I am going to have a good day.  I am going to focus on the things that make me productive, excited and happy.  There, I am sure, will be setbacks.  But today will be a day that I tell myself a different story.

What story will you tell you?

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