“Oh crap!” We’ve all been there. We woke up late, didn’t hear the alarm going off, and jumped out of bed in a frenzy! Trying to get dressed and/or take a quick shower while not completely aware of your surroundings can be dangerous. (Especially for people like me who tend to be on the more clumsy side of the spectrum!)
But waking up late doesn’t have to set this plan in motion for the rest of the day to be totally awful! You can recover from the bad start to the day, but you have to have to put in the effort to make it better.
Why do you think I’m writing about this today? I overslept this morning and am already behind my normal schedule. My immediate thought was to be really pissed that I snoozed my alarm 5 times instead of getting up when the first alarm went off. I also thought, “Man, today’s going to be terrible! I’m definitely not going to be on my best game today!”
I am not only going to have a great day, but I refuse to let this one hiccup mess things up for the remainder of the day. The sun is shining. The weather is good. The kids are out of school and we have lots of fun things planned. They don’t need me being totally miserable and a “fun-ruiner” just because I started my day off badly.
So even if you have a bad day or a bad experience throughout the day, try to make the effort to be the best version of yourself. It may not work all of the time, but the effort you put forth will be what you get out of today!
I wish I could sugar coat this, or at least pretend these don’t happen, but every once in a while you’re going to have a bad day. Not just a bad day, but a really crappy one. Maybe you have a bad day every day and your good days are the rarity here. I don’t know. But I do know that you can try your hardest to not repeat that bad day over and over again.
I’m so exhausted right now. I had a terrible night’s sleep and I feel like I was wrestling an alligator all night! My back hurts from awkward sleeping, my ear was all squished on my pillow when I woke up, and I feel like someone was contorting my body without my permission last night. I tossed and turned all night. But the only way I push past this and make today a better day is to have gratitude.
I can dwell on all of the reasons I had a crappy night of sleep last night, or I can be grateful that I’m alive, that I have a bed to sleep in, that I have a roof over my head, and that I’m not sleeping out in the cold with my children.
I’m not discrediting or ignoring my crummy night of sleep, because it was in fact really bad, but I am not going to dwell on it. So I need to make it a point to stand up and stretch more today. Maybe I’ll need to go to bed earlier tonight. I may even have to move some pillows around on the bed this evening. But I’m alive. I’m healthy. I’m able to stand on my own two feet to get me out of bed. I’m grateful for the ability to turn my crappy night of sleep into a day full of gratitude.