Imagine a horrible day–it’s Monday, you’re tired, there’s a slew of work to do, and if you have a job, maybe you got laid off. Aren’t those the days when you just need a hug (or a similar alternative if you’re not a ‘huggy’ person)? Everybody has those days. I wish I could think of a better vocabulary word, but I can’t–it’s just icky. Blah. But you cry, you get a hug, drink some hot tea, take some deep breaths, and keep moving with your life.
Now imagine that same day, but instead of moving on with life and deciding to get back up after the fall, you stay in that misery and mope around in a puddle of self-pity. That’s when you need a little ‘slap’ in the face! There’s nothing wrong with being upset about a bad day, but after you’ve cried enough, it’s time to get back up again. It’s time to bounce back. This is something I struggle with–not staying in the pain. Sometimes people we pain because it makes us feel alive. But the truth is that our successes also make us alive. We matter! We are worth it, and we don’t need to stay in the pain to know this.
So the next time you have a bad day, sit down and think. Do you need to get that hug? Or is it time for the wake-up call, the slap in the face, the time to get moving again? Consider this and really ponder. When you’re feeling low, remember the old saying…
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”