Whew! Yesterday was weird. It was a glorious, mild, sunny day. I was in the BEST mood! I literally skipped out of my apartment. Was still happy when I arrived at the hospital for my day of volunteering.
And then, WHACK!! One after another, every single person I encountered was cranky. CRANKY. Grumpy. And rude. Every single person. Un-bloody-believeable! I got snapped at. Snarled at. Had fingers pointed at me. Waved under my nose.
“What do YOU want?”, I was asked. “I have NO time for you”, I was told. “Close the damn door, I’m cold!”. And on it went. Oh yes, this was just the beginning. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Because I’ve turned over a new leaf.
No way I was going to allow those grumps to ruin my day. To wipe the smile off my face. No way.
Shit happens. We’ve all had bad days. We’ve all been in bad moods. We’ve all woken up on the wrong side of the bed. So I DO try to cut people some slack. But I have NO time for people who are rude. I don’t care what kind of a day you’re having, you can at least make an effort to be polite to others. We didn’t cause your problem, so please don’t inflict it on us.
There have been times a morning like I had yesterday would have ruined my entire day. But not yesterday. Call it an epiphany. Call it an AHA moment. Call it whatever you want to call it. The fact is, I realized I had (and will always have) control over my own moods. That I can either allow, or refuse to allow, others to affect me. Whether or not I let them ruin my day, in other words, is completely up to me.
This was also brought home by a comment made by Cup Cake Travels on my Tuesday post. I had written about thinking nice thoughts while I was having my photo taken for my driver’s license renewal; and she said she “liked the idea of thinking nice thoughts, and it would come in handy in other situations as well”.
Well, if ever there was a perfect time to put that into practice, it was yesterday. Which is exactly what I did.
I thought of friends who make me smile. I imagined what my cats were up to, in my absence. I looked outside and admired the bright blue sky. I told myself I was lucky to be healthy and volunteering in the hospital, instead of being a patient. I celebrated, in my mind, the new client I just started working with. I reflected on all the encouragement and positive feedback I get from you.
I crossed “renew driver’s license” off my to-do list. That made me laugh out loud. I remembered how delicious my grandmother’s blueberry pie was. I thought about my closest friend’s two grand nephews, who are THE cutest kids you’ll ever meet.
The smile on my face was huge. I didn’t have to see it. I could feel it. Admittedly there were a few people who looked at me a bit strangely, but who cares. So they thought I was weird. So what. I was happy, happy, happy. That’s what matters.
Most important of all, though, I decided to have a good day. And that’s exactly what I had. And I plan on having another one, today.