This morning, I went to wake up my daughter, per usual. I stroked her hair and her little, cherub face. My sweet mother-daughter moment was interrupted when I realized that my daughter had wet the bed…again. (It’s an ongoing struggle you guys).
I cleaned her up and went about my morning, running behind, rushing around, getting ready. And just as I went to walk out the door, I saw a giant, yellow puddle waiting for me, compliments of one of the pups.
Y’all. I have had ENOUGH urine for one morning! I was already running behind and that was the last thing I needed.
I could have lost my cool.
I could have yelled.
I could have punished the dogs.
I could have taken it out on my daughter.
I could have let it ruin my whole morning.
But I didn’t. And I want to talk to you about how to not let inconveniences and distractions derail your whole day. And sometimes it’s hard y’all. Trust me, I know. Moms, I know you feel me on this one!
But the fact of the matter is that when the dogs pee in the house, when your daughter wets the bed for the umpteenth time, when you get caught in traffic behind people who can’t drive, when your coworker makes an underhanded comment, we all have a choice.
We can’t choose the stressors in our lives. Those are going to come whether we like it or not. However, we can control how we respond to those stressors.
You have to stop and make an active decision to brush it off.
- Count backwards from 10 if you have to.
- Scream into a pillow.
- Yell in your car where no one can hear you.
- Say 3 things outloud that you’re grateful for.
Do whatever you need to do to get back on track, but girl, don’t let it ruin your day!
My mom always says that happiness is a decision. I didn’t get that when I was younger, but it finally clicked for me.
Thoughts become things.
Your thoughts control your feelings, which control your behavior, which leads to either bouncing back and making the best of your day, or spiraling out of control.
This week, when things go awry, I hope you’ll all take a moment, and choose how to respond. I hope you’ll choose happiness. 3b2