“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
This quote by Charles Swindoll resonates with me this morning. As some of you may know, Mondays aren’t one of the world’s most favorite days of the week. I would describe Mondays as interesting days that are full of hustle & bustle, anxiety, stress, and distractions. Whether you work full/part time, are a stay home parent, or are in college you have experienced a crazy Monday or 2 or 1,000. For those of you who are superhero’s and do all thee above, I tip my hat to you.
But back to Mr. Swindoll’s quote. Do you realize that even though your Mondays may be a mess, 90% of the day is how you react to the madness? Things are going to happen. You may run into traffic and wrecks on your way to your destination. You may be rushing and spill coffee on that brand new white shirt.
Your child may be dragging their feet, not so motivated about school, when you realize you’re about to be late to work. The list goes on. And to make matters worse you may be one of the lucky few that has a manager or boss that prompts you to question how they were able to attain the position they have. They are unprofessional, late, rude, unorganized etc.
The point is your reaction to all of these lovely situations will predict how the rest of your day goes. Yes, you may have coffee on that brand new white shirt, and you’re on the way to an important meeting, but take a deep breath and throw on a jacket. It’s not the end of the world. You may be stuck in horrific traffic, but pulling your hair out isn’t going to speed things up. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure you don’t want to be bald just yet.
Your child may be dragging their feet because after you tucked them in they decided not to close their eyes and are tired. Put the responsibility back on them. No tv, video games etc if you’re not dressed in 15 min. This definitely lights a fire under my son. As for that boss you would love to run away from, just think about it. They may make you miserable at work, but they spend a lot more time with themselves and their families. That should definitely help you find a little sympathy and press on.
When life throws you lemons throw them back. Don’t hold onto them. Let go of negative energy. You don’t have to throw the days drama over your shoulder and firemen carry it throughout the rest of your day. Live a little and laugh more when things aren’t the way you want them to be. When has stressing ever helped anyone?
Happy Monday, be blessed.