They say trouble comes in threes. Well, after the week I had I think there has been a majour miscalculation. Either that or I got an extra large helping of trouble. Nothing big mind. In fact, in the grand scheme of things and by my own yardstick, “What’s the worst case scenario?” you would hardly call it trouble at all. It was a million light years away from anything I have experienced in the past. Still, when a number of not so nice incidences tot up in the space of one day it can leave you feeling like you are being chased by dragons, the whole world is against you and by the time you roll into bed with a heavy heart and frazzled mind you end up feeling like you have a bad life! Unless of course you are an eternal optimist like me who has learned to bend with the curve balls and remain resolute that ‘this too shall pass.’ I’ve had plenty of practice. I think the curve balls of my life to date taught me that life is no fairy tale.
We all have days from time to time when it feels like the world is against us. You may wonder, on a bad day, whether anything in your life will ever go right again. But a bad day, like any other day, can help you glean wisdom you might otherwise have overlooked or discounted. Bad days will bring you trouble you would prefer to avoid, yet a bad day may also give you an opportunity to rise to the challenge and make you stronger.
Bad days can only have a long-term negative effect on us if we let them. Though we may feel discouraged and distressed, a bad day can teach us patience and perseverance. We all have bad days where nothing’s just going our way but one thing I strive to do is to accept what it. Things can happen beyond our control and when these things happen; our best weapon is to change our attitude instead. Since then I’ve learned to simply move on and not dwell on it because when a day feels ruined it can smoulder away until it has charred into a bad week!
Sometimes you won’t be able to turn a bad day around because no matter what you do, life will never be perfect, positive or wonderful all the time. Life will continue to spew curve balls and trip us up in the potholes and a bad day will sometimes simply just be a bad day. And that’s OK. That’s life. But if you learn to roll with the curve balls and accept that life is like this sometimes then you’ll be able to let go and let be. So in the long run there is an upside even to a bad day that you may not be able to turn around when you feel the world is against you. It reminds me of a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Well, I’m not sure of the quality of the seed I was planting during my week of ‘woe is me’ but I hope I don’t wake up like the infamous Jack with a great big bean stalk stuck through my roof. I’m in no mood to take on the giant. Everyday life is big enough and scary enough to contend without it turning into a nightmarish fairy tale!