Good days aren’t few and far between in my life. They happen with some regularity and sometimes it takes a lot of effort to turn the day around and into something salvageable. The day didn’t start out well. It seemed like nobody wanted to pickup the phone to talk with me. Things were a little noisy at work in the email inbox. We always have too many meetings. I made a good choice with a client though and from then on, things starting turning around. It’s funny because I was made to feel guilty for having made that choice later, but I know I wouldn’t make a different decision if I could go back and do it all over again.
After that, I took some time to remember what I am grateful for. I love my wife, and my dog. I love what I get to do everyday. I love cannabis. I love relaxation time in front of the TV. I love her cooking. Yes, the cats too. And the tortoise. He’s a good dude.
Sometimes that’s what it takes. Yanking myself out of a bad headspace for a short time allowed me to take inventory of what really matters in life. A bad feeling wasn’t the only thing I could feel in that moment. No, there is so much more going on in my life and it was going to need me later. One thought led to another and before I knew it, I wasn’t letting that drag me down further.
Being in the moment can have a downside too. We can become encapsulated in a moment and lose sight of all else. Being hyper-focused on the wrong thing, in the wrong moment, can be really detrimental to your mental health. You miss something when you linger in a place too long. Recognizing the drift sooner than later is a critical piece to keeping yourself moving ahead or working your way out of a hole. We don’t want to idle in a place and form an obsession. That can trap us for a very long time.
Today’s winner was the Wise Mind, but also the TIP skill. A cold drink, a little plant trimming, and a few deep breathes got me back on track. I am thankful for you too, by the way, the reader who made it this far. Remember to be grateful for the things you have in life. In your darkest hour, their remembrance can be a light along your way to a better place.
Thanks for reading.