Turning the Tide


    Looking back it amazes me how making the one wrong turn would have made my life so much different.  It makes me appreciate every day and how precious each decision we make dictates our life no matter how small it may seem. Many quotes and ancient wisdom teach us the importance of being focused on the present day. The day we are living today is important because there is no doubt it will impact the future. This includes the days we don't feel like it, the days things are not going our way, and even the days people are not cooperating the way we think they should. Despite the stage life has set up on this day, we still have to be aware and conscious of the decisions we make.
    It seems like those days that are not going so great is when we are least likely to think of all the good things that have happened previous to this day. I have made it a practice every time that I am having a bad day, I take five, and make sure to find something to be thankful for. I find the more thankful I am, the less the bad things get me down. This is easier said than done, but with practice, it is possible. If you really put your mind to it, you can usually find some good in any situation. We usually tend to make things worse than they really are anyways. I think one reason is because in the current moment that is bad, our natural reaction is to start predicting the future. We start trying to analyze and scrutinize of what the next curveball will be. We instantly create an atmosphere of dread and fear. Now how is that going to improve your day? Truth of the matter is, we get ourselves so frustrated, we usually create a domino effect. What could have been a bad hour ends up ruining our whole day.
    My advice to overcome a bad day, is take action. Don't let the day own you. When things aren't going your way, do something different than you were doing five minutes ago. Do something that will turn your feelings around, even if it impossible to turn around your day. If you feel like you made a bad decision today, be thankful for the other decisions that you have made right. When you are striving for something more, be thankful for what you have today. Be thankful for what you even had yesterday. Be conscious of those priceless and rare moments where all the pieces just fall into place. Being thankful is like a fuel for the spirit that can help you overcome almost anything. Being unthankful is a poison, a contagious poison. When you are unthankful and in a bad or defeated mood, it seems like it does not take much to get someone around you in the same state of mind.
    No matter how many bad days you have had, odds are you probably had at least one good day in your lifetime. If that is the case, you already have something to be thankful for.

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