Some days you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. You sleep through your alarm. You get toothpaste on your clothes, you lose a contact. It’s raining, you’re soaked by the time you get to work. You have car trouble… Things just seem to go wrong.
I’ve written before about how I like to do something nice for myself to help turn my day around when it gets off to a rough start. I take advice from “Hello Dolly” and put on my Sunday clothes.
But sometimes Sunday clothes aren’t enough to turn the tide. On those days, different words get me through. Advice from another musical, and an old adage: “This too shall pass.”
I remember that no matter how uncomfortable, or unhappy I am today, tomorrow can and will be better.
And yes, I take advice from the musical “Annie.” “The Sun will come out tomorrow.”
This week, that happened literally.
Yesterday, I woke up to the sounds of thunder, and the persistent, heavy patter of rain on my roof.
I got soaked in the mad dash from my apartment to my car, and the mad dash from my car into the office. I also had to wade through a very shallow river that was running through the parking lot.
I was damp, uncomfortable, and unhappy all morning. On top of that I had trouble connecting with people I wanted to interview for stories. August being a popular vacation time, it’s not always easy to get a hold of people.
I tried to keep my thoughts positive, look on the bright side, and I wore my favorite jacket.
It wasn’t the worst day ever. It wasn’t a great day either. It was just kind of “blah.”
This morning, I opened my apartment door on a different world. The temperature was perfect. I felt the sun kiss my cheek as I walked to my car. A gentle breeze teased my hair, and sent the edges of my skirt lightly dancing around my legs.
The sun was bright, the skies were blue, and puffy cotton-ball clouds dotted the sky.
I took a moment, as I made my way across the now-dry parking lot, just to appreciate the beauty of the day. It made me think that sometimes, we need to just stop what we’re doing and look at the world around us.
Sometimes, one simple moment standing in the sun can make all the difference in the world.