Everyone has had "THAT day." I bet it would be safe to say that everyone has had "THAT week." (It might even be safe to say that we could go on with additional calendar terms and someone, if not all persons, has had "THAT," too.)
"THAT" refers to a go-back-to-bed-and-pull-the-blankets-over-your-head kind of day. There are many reasons why someone could experience such a day. It could range from a compilation of little annoyances to one big heartbreaking moment. "THAT" day is different in appearance for everyone, but it is similar in that it feels like you are sinking fast without any sign of immediate rescue.
Even the most optimistic person experiences a day like this every once in a while. Their own optimism takes a sick day leaving the optimist with blue-colored glasses.
When we have a "THAT" day, some of it can be caused from our own doing and some of it can be due to things out of our control. The part that is of our own doing is because of choices we make. For instance, you can choose to not fake it until you make it, and instead, choose to not be okay (which is okay). When things are out of your control, it is still a choice as to how you will respond.
I recently had a "THAT" day. It was a day that I learned that my previous blog & boutique website was permanently lost, my son became ill with what everyone else has right now, a house pipe broke and was in need of a plumber's attention, and my husband and I had a meeting with a company to assess more home repairs and were overwhelmed with the details. I was ready for a pity-party for one as I was feeling sorry for myself.
Now, I know that things can always be worse, and they definitely have been. So, I hope I don't sound whiny about my day. In fact, I hope my gratitude is what you get from this message.
SOMETIMES, blessings are disguised as setbacks.
I canceled the DJ for my pity party, and instead, chose to dry my eyes and look at the setbacks for what they really were...step backs.
Stepping back can help you experience the blessings going on in the midst of your chaos. Many times, stepping back helps to put "THAT" day in better perspective; it may not look as daunting as it once did just moments earlier.
Stepping back can also help to understand, accept, and appreciate that what you are going through can help you get to the next step of your journey. Stepping back can help you see your blessons: the combination of a blessing and a lesson. A bless on is a life experience that shows up as a challenge and then realized as both a lesson and a blessing. (as defined by the Urban Dictionary at urban dictionary.com)
It is what it is.
It's a day you don't feel your best.
It's a day you may allow yourself to turn towards panic and self-pity.
It's a day you can fret in the setback instead of trusting God's provisions and how He never leaves us in despair.
Are you having a "THAT" day...today? Are you in need of being reminded that the setbacks could be step backs towards preparing for the next step of your journey?
Could your "THAT" day be a refueling day? Could it be a day to jumpstart good choices in how you respond? Could it be a day of humility, being still and letting God lead you into a "THIS" day?
THIS is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
- Psalm 118: 24
With every "THAT" day, there will always be a "THIS" day. Maybe not today, but some day. You can move towards a "THIS" day by changing two things: your choice & the view.
What are you choosing to look at?
Where are you choosing to look at?
Who are you choosing to look at?
Unmask the setback for what it is.
Learn from your challenging situations.
Receive the blessings!
Enjoy "THIS" day!
Hi! I'm Bonnie.