Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Confessions of a Real Grump

 Sometimes you just have a bad day. It's true. There are days that start out fine and then something happens and I realize: Nope. This is not what I wanted to be doing today and not how I wanted to feel. (And, yes, I know I am in charge of how I react to things, blah, blah, blah… "Only you can make you feel a certain way" or whatever that quote is…) Sometimes, though, you just need to feel it. Feel grumpy. Feel sad. Feel hurt. Feel mad. Feel whatever it is that is tugging at the back of your thoughts. Because, and I swear I heard this on an Oprah episode (and look at Oprah--she’s definitely got her poop in a group!), if you're feeling a certain way then there's a reason. It is justified. If there wasn't a reason then you wouldn't be feeling however it is that you feel. (Heavily paraphrased, of course.)

So, yes. On the day that I’m writing this I feel tired; I feel stretched too thin; I feel un-heard and under-appreciated; I feel jaded; I feel downright grumpy!

Guess what? That’s okay. The good news is that this feeling doesn’t last forever. Usually a good talking-out session combined with a good sleep helps shed light on the situation and scare away the grumps and negativity. Even the most positive people need a crummy day of reality once in a while to help them remember the good days, right?

(And the even better news, I know that by the time this is posted I'll be coasting along in a grump-free zone after, hopefully, having gotten it out of my system for a while!)

How do you handle a not-so-great day?


Laura Boyd said...

Oh cara but i never recall you being a grump even tho im positive you have those days-we all do! I find a nice run/walk or good jam session with favorite music helps to lessen the grouchiness! I also am not afraid to admit oscar the grouch was always my favorite! :)

Cara said...

Agreed, Laura! Whenever I'm frustrated I feel the urge to lace up my running shoes. Unfortunately, it's usually at a time when I can't just (literally) run away the grumps. Thankfully calming thoughts (or maybe just internal snarky thoughts) help me get through the day until I can do something to relieve the stress. :o)