“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ” ~Kurt Vonnegut
We’ve all had those days when “Everything” goes wrong. You literally wake up on the wrong side of the bed, you get in the shower, only to find that your teenager has used all the hot water. You can’t find any clean socks, because the laundry hasn’t been done. When you go to put milk in your coffee, you find your son has used all the milk, and put the bag back empty (I hate that!). Better yet, you spill the milk while putting it in your coffee. Ugh. Then there’s the kids. They fight, yell and won’t get ready, etc. Then, when you think you’re finally ready to leave for the day, you can’t find your car keys. Can you feel my pain? I haven’t even left the house, yet!
Then you arrive at work only to find that there are 29 new emails, 21 voice mails and volunteers and staff standing at your door with questions. Then, oh yes, then…your computer fails! Ahhh!!!
I think you get my point. Ever have a day like that? If you said no, you’re lying. Some days “everything” just goes wrong.
The question is, what do you do about it? Do you go back to bed, throw the covers over your head and hide? Maybe. Truthfully, that’s what we’d all like to do. But sometimes that’s just not possible.
Here’s what I do:
1. I go to my room and close the door
2. I cry
3. I practice deep breathing
4. I pray
5. I laugh
After I do all of that, I suck it up and get on with my day. That is, of course if I’m in a relatively good season in my life. Some seasons, when depression is at the fore front, I literally can’t suck it up. I respect that and have learned to use other techniques at that point.
Can you relate? How do you handle it when “everything” goes wrong?
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.