How to Have a Good Day
by Charlotte Siems
Blinking in the dim light, you awaken to the sound of the shower. Your husband is already up and getting ready for the day, and you lie in bed for a few minutes thinking about what your day holds. Thoughts of all you have to do begin to crowd into your mind and you feel stress rising–and you've only been awake a few minutes!
Sound familiar? What kind of day do you think you'll have when you swing your legs over the side of the bed? It's your choice.
No, you don't necessarily have a choice about the thoughts that pop into your head. But you DO have a choice about what you do with them.
You can be annoyed because your husband left whiskers in the sink.
You can smile fondly because you have a man in the house.
You can be irritated with the two-year-old who spilled milk on the table.
You can patiently wipe up spilled milk, knowing this season is short.
You can be full of self-pity because you have to homeschool these kids.
You can be utterly grateful for the privilege of having your children home with you.
The difference between the two reactions is caused by: your thoughts, your perspective, your response.
Your circumstances don't change either way. Just your thoughts.
When your brother-in-law has just been killed in a car accident, you're more grateful for your husband.
When your older son just left for college, you appreciate the two-year-old.
When you realize your kids will be adults most of their lives, you're thankful for the moments you get to spend with them.
Rather than wait for a life event to shape your attitude, take control of your thoughts from the moment you open your eyes.
Don't go there. Choose to think new thoughts.
If it's one of those days when your waking thoughts tend to slant downhill, immediately and I mean NOW, get some good input going. Put on amazing music, get a life-giving audio going, speak loving words aloud, read truth from the world's greatest success book, the Bible.
Don't fight it, don't try to rationalize. Power wash your brain with a firehose of whatever things are pure, lovely and true.
Hint: emotions aren't truth.
Instead of feeling helplessly carried away by your hormones and emotions, take the offensive with the power of your choice.
It's easy to forget that you have the power and the choice. It's simple to blame what's going on in your life. So keep reminders and tools close by. Post-it notes, signs, photos, your iPod, permanent marker on your hand, whatever it takes.
And have a good day.
This article was first published by This Lovely Place with Charlotte Siems. To receive Charlotte's free guide "Secrets for Keeping Your Home Together When You Feel Like Your Life is Falling Apart," go to ThisLovelyPlace.com.