“Not every day is good, but there is something good in every day.” – Alice Morse Earl
How many times have we asked someone, “how was your day?” and their response was “my day was horrible” or “I’m having a very bad day.” We all have those days where everything seems to go wrong, for example, we can’t find our keys, we keep dropping things, we get a phone call with bad news, we’re late to work, the children don’t want to listen, we get into an argument with a loved one, and the list goes on.
If we take some time to sit, breathe, and reflect, we can find that even on those difficult days, there is something positive or a lesson to learn. I believe that if we go through something difficult or challenging, and we gain nothing from it, it is a waste of our time and emotional upset. Through challenges and difficult situations, we may learn to be resilient and develop patience, compassion, and empathy. We may also gain a new perspective on a situation or realize how strong we are emotionally and psychologically.
When you have a bad day, I encourage you to take a break and ask yourself:
- Is it a bad day or just a bad moment?
- What can I learn from this situation?
- How relevant or important will this situation be a year from now?
You may find that many situations that cause us to be upset, become anxious, or stress out are not as significant when we look at the big picture. They’re just a drop of water in a big ocean of life.