Man, have you ever had one of those crappy days where things just don’t go well? Imagine something with me for a second…you start off the day with a cold shower due to a broken water heater…you somehow find a way to burn your toast and spill your coffee at the exact same time…you stare at the bumper in front of you, stuck in traffic for what seems like days…you arrive at the office to find jelly on your shirt and toothpaste drippings on your pants…your co-workers are grumpy, you have a headache and it’s raining outside for the 3ooth day in a row. You then arrive home to sick kids and mold on the leftover pizza that you were planning on eating for dinner…one of those “first-world-problem” kind of days. Yeah, we’ve all been there to some extent and I understand.
For some of us, these days happen often. In fact, some of us continually live under this big, dark rain cloud that drips negativity and pessimism….many of us are living with a condition called “perpetuallybadday syndrome.” Ok, it’s not a real condition, but it should be!
Don’t worry, I have a solution for these stinky days! It’s not a medication or a therapy class…it’s not a magic potion or a formula to follow…it’s people. That’s it. Let me explain.
TO PUT IT SIMPLY, LOVING AND HELPING OTHERS IS THE BEST THERAPY FOR A BAD DAY.
It’s amazing what happens when we take the focus off of ourselves and place it on other people. There’s something amazing about connection and meeting others in their struggles that brings about that organic, lively feeling of being human, of being used. It’s almost like God created us to be in relationships, putting others first, huh, weird.
Really though, I want you to try this! Offer a smile, a mocha, a hug, an email, a text or whatever you can do to make somebody’s day a little brighter today. My guess is that at some point, it’ll make you smile. My guess is that at some point, it’ll make you feel alive. My guess is that at some point, it’ll make you forget about your troubles, if even for a moment. Imagine if every day consisted of this challenge of pushing ourselves aside and placing others in the front of the line. What a great outlet to life’s trip wires!
Something that I tell the kiddos on my soccer team as they’re dribbling down the field is this: “LOOK UP!” or “KEEP YOUR EYES FORWARD!” I think this can be applied to life as well. As humans, a healthy dose of looking inward is ok, but if our eyes are always looking at ourselves, we tend to run into walls and swerve around opportunities. Looking up allows us to see those around us and provides us an escape from ourselves.
So take heart friends, you don’t need to stay down in the dumps, even if you’ve started there. Tomorrow presents good medicine for “perpetuallybadday syndrome”…..it’s called “todayIovercamemyselfandhelpedothers pain relief”….or something like that :).
I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!