Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This Just In...

I had a crabby day. A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Usually leaving the office and getting that first, glorious breath of fresh, non-crazy air is enough to improve my mood by about 120%. Today, however, the crabbiness tried to follow me home. Grumble, grumble, grumble right down the road. Traffic's clogged up, people aren't paying attention, the dj on my radio station won't shut up and play some music.

I stopped at a red light and took a breath. In: calming, life-giving oxygen. Out: negative, stress-inducing baddayatwork.

Made a list of things that bug me:

* People who can't get to the point. You make me resent you because I can't hang up while you ramble.

* Rubber-neckers (church ladies call them "lookie-loos." Folks who clog up traffic because they slow down to stare at accidents, police cars, stray dogs...

* Christmas music. I'll be Scrooge until December 24, just so you know.

And then I started thinking about things to be thankful for.

* Steven. He loves me madly and without explanation. And he buys me pizza after terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

* I have a job. As much as it stresses me out, I have an income while many around our country go without.

* God. He accepts me though I don't deserve it and forgives me when I lose sight of what's important.

* My family. One lovely thing about Christmas is time off to see this:

Thank God my blessings far outweigh my gripes.

Check out this video. It made me smile.


Granny on the Web said...

Hope you have got over your bad day.
Such a lovely family, what blessings you have.
Happy Christmas to you all.

Love Granny

Suldog said...

Counting our blessings is always a great stress reliever, isn't it?

(By the way, I answered your comment over at my place. I'd copy it to you here, but you have such a g-rated blog!)

Janet said...

Perspective is everything, isn't it? I was getting all depressed over both kids having the flu, when another friend's kid had a stomach virus. Suddenly, I was all, "Thank God it's just flu!"

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I'm so sorry you had such a bad day...why don't you join me, and plan to move (like Alexander) to Australia? LOL...Your family is beautiful!!!! And I love that Mercy Me song...Great vid to go with it, too!!! You're in my thoughts...Janine XO

Ivy and Haley said...

Its a beautiful thing to be able to accept a bad day for what it is and then count your blessings.