We all have our share of good days and bad days. We have our share of the productive days, and sluggish days. Some days we feel forgiving and patient, and others we feel short tempered and snappish. I’ve discovered that often, it isn’t the day at all that is good or bad. It’s the mood we wake up in.
On the weekend of my birthday, we had a three day weekend. When I woke up on Saturday, I was in high spirits. I was going to meet some of my friends for ice cream, and I also got to go roller skating that night. I felt really optimistic and happy. All in all, I felt that it was a good day.
On the day of my birthday, I woke up happy, but wary of going to school the next day. The whole day seemed to consist of me having fun, and trying not to think about having to go to school. I had fun, but it almost seemed like I was trying to stall the day, making it stretch out longer and longer.
When I woke up on Tuesday, the day after my birthday, I was not in a very good mood. I had really enjoyed my weekend, and I hadn’t wanted it to end. That day just seemed like a bad one. It was only Tuesday night that I realized something. In all honesty, nothing bad had happened to me during the day. It was only my mood that had made it a bad day. Sure, having to go to school was part of what upset me in the first place, but I just felt in a continually bad mood throughout the day.
I think that your mood is what makes a day good or bad. What happens throughout your day may contribute to your mood, but ultimately, your mood is the decider between good and bad. For example, on a good day for me, losing my book is something annoying, but amusing. I laugh at myself, and then employ the help of my family to find the book. On a bad day, I will get upset and stomp around, searching roughly through all the rooms before giving up in a huff.
If you can, try to wake up in a good mood. That expression, “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed”, actually applies to my life. If I find that I wake up grumpy, that’s how I generally am the rest of the day.
If you do wake up in a bad mood, try to have an open mind when confronting the day. It might not be as bad as you think it will be. Remember that often, your mood is the one deciding how your day will go. And if you can change your mood, maybe you can change your day. See you next week!
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