Saturday, February 13, 2010

Good Days and Bad Days

Some days, you just feel like phoning it in. You have a headache, or you're tired, or you're cranky, or all three. It is easy to see this as a personal failing. To think that something is wrong. To think that things should be different. But good days and bad days are part of the experience of being human. I have yet to meet someone who does not have an occasional bad day (and let's face it, we all know some people who seem to have a lot of them).

What do we do with our bad days? Sometimes, we shut down. We stay home from work or we stay in bed. We decide to do nothing, or to wallow in the fact that we are having a bad day. My experience is that this does not make me feel any better, and sometimes makes me feel worse.

Sometimes, we push through. We do the minimum. We keep going. We get through the day, knowing that tomorrow will be better.

Sometimes, though, in the pushing, we find that things are just fine. We find our edge, our passion, our drive. Sometimes, in the pushing through, we find some of our best work.

The point is, how the day begins does not have to be how the day ends. Each moment is new. Every moment can be a fresh start, a clean slate. No matter what has happened so far (and no matter what the story that we have told ourselves), each moment can be the beginning of a good day.

Can we find the good moments, even in our bad days?


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