Yesterday was a pretty crappy day but I am not letting it affect today. No, I didn’t receive bad news from loved ones. I didn’t hurt myself and have to run to the hospital. My dog still loves me. It wasn’t THAT bad of a day… but still a rough day.
I have things to do. Clients to help. Proposals to write. Websites to finish. Social media posts to complete. Emails to answer. And that’s just business. And not all of it. Which is fine and manageable and exactly what I have asked for. I am busy with my own business and it’s great!
But my printer stopped working. And the ice maker in the refrigerator stopped working. And some of my staff left. And I never posted my Employee of the Month because, honestly, I forgot.
What do you all do when you have so much on your to-do list that you can’t see straight? Seriously. I am asking. Because I want to know.
I need to know. Yesterday, the burden became so overwhelming, I cried. I cried at the fact my printer stopped working. And I find that pathetic. I did manage to get it working again and I found a small relief in that. But then it was time to move on. Fix dinner. Feed my son - which I ended up ordering pizza because I can’t manage to fix a decent meal for us. And that’s when the overwhelming feeling returns.
Because I want to make healthy meals. I want to watch the new Jonas Brothers video over and over again because honestly, Nick Jonas is pretty damn cute and their song is catchy. I want to watch all of the Marvel movies in chronological order because I love superhero movies and now that I have seen End Game, it’s fun to go back and notice it all come together. I want to drink more water and exercise and stretch and get plenty of sleep because I am not getting younger and my body needs to move and rest. I want to educate myself on new marketing trends and WordPress and Adobe CC and social media and take gorgeous pictures of all the fantastic products my clients prepare. I want to attend the lunches and workshops and farmer’s markets. I want to look through my High School yearbook because my 30th reunion is coming up this summer and honestly, I don’t remember a lot of people but it would be fun to reminisce. I want to help my son find his strengths and talents so he doesn’t feel so anxious and overwhelmed about college. And I want to fix my damn refrigerator’s ice maker because I love ice and it pisses me off that it doesn’t work.
There is so much to do all the time and when things stop working or it seems like it just doesn’t come together, it’s hard. But that’s life. Right?
I once heard that you can judge a man by the way he treats a dog and handles tangled Christmas lights. I believe this to be true. And I believe you can judge a person’s character by the way they handle those overwhelming and stressful moments.
It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to feel powerless. It’s okay to be mad at a stupid machine. But it’s not okay to dwell in the moment or moments that make us crazy. Don't let yesterday affect today. Take one thing at a time. Watch that new Jonas Brothers video again. Figure out a plan and take action. Spend time with your loved ones. Watch Captain Marvel even though you really don’t want to see Brie Larson in a role that’s way too big for her.
Point is… today will be a much better day.