Today was one of those days. A day where nothing really went the way I thought it would and Murphy’s Law was waiting for me around every corner. Let’s see, this morning I ended up pulling myself out of consideration for a job after I realized I didn’t want to do it and it would probably make me miserable. In addition, my stomach hurt, I’m tired, can barely lift my arms from working out hard yesterday, and I knew I wanted to write today (I’m not letting this blog fall by the wayside!) but I had no idea what to talk about until about 3 hours ago, when someone suggested I make my not-too-pleasant day today’s post. When you have lemons, make lemonade, right?
I promise this isn’t going to be some whiny, angst-ridden post about all that’s went wrong the past 12 hours. We all have days like that and we learn to deal with them. Even though today was a bummer, I’m not going to spend any more time after I publish this post thinking about it. For all of the sulking I wanted to do (and did indulge myself in for a little bit) I know that my problems are relatively trivial.
When I’m in all-out pity party mode, the last five words I want to hear are: look at the bright side. But that’s exactly what I’m doing tonight, because I’m starting to realize the futility in being miserable over things that are done and can’t be changed. For instance, the job in which i took myself out of the running. The good thing is: I made that decision instead of them telling me, “Well, thanks for applying.” It felt good to be in control and know for sure what I wanted (or in this case, didn’t want). At one point, probably not too long ago, I would have taken the job even though I knew it was not a job that fit my strengths well, just because I wouldn’t have had the courage to speak my mind and tell the manager, “Thanks but no thanks.” I also would’ve rationalized the decision to take the job in my head even though after learning more this morning, I felt immediately it was not for me. With my stomach hurting, I can go get some aspirin. With being tired, I need to get off Facebook and Twitter and go take a nap. With soreness, well I’m getting myself into shape. And it’s going to hurt but I’ll be happy I went through it in a few months when my arms are ripped . With no topic to write about, I managed to turn a crappy day into a blog post.
Strangely enough, while writing all of this I realize my day may not have been so bad after all. My biggest issue (job) was actually a result of me being assertive and refusing to settle. Perhaps I was seeing a mirage or something today because I definitely don’t think it was Murphy’s Law.
How do you deal with bad days? Have you ever found the bright spots in one?