Some DAYS are like that

I generally need a quiet environment to write. It helps me to flesh out what I want to put into written word. But honestly, that is not why I am here right now. I am here because I just can’t “people” right now. I love to be around people, love making connections, love the energy of groups. But there are times, when people are too much. The energy isn’t good energy. People are unkind, inconsiderate, and sometimes just generally suck. When I have too many of those encounters back to back, I know the joy is being sucked from my soul.

I was really having an awful day. So, between my anger, I remembered the children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Judith Viorst wrote the book and Ray Cruz illustrated it in 1972. If you have never read it, you must. If you don’t have your own personal copy, you need to get one. And get the hard copy, I think those are more special.

I don’t want to spoil the book for you if you haven’t read it, so if you don’t have a copy, here is a YouTube link to the reading of the book with illustrations, it is only 7 minutes. Watch it now, I will pause my story until you have watched.

​Yeah Alexander had a really crappy day. We all can relate to a grown-up version to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I think the last line of the book is the reason I loved it so much.

“It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.”

Mom wisdoms. Nothing better to bring things back into perspective. And Alexander’s Mom did just that. In her response to Alexander she said, “some days are like that.” She is totally right. Some DAYS are like that. She didn’t say some weeks, some months, some years or even some lifetimes. Just some DAYS.

Some days do suck – no way to sugar coat it. They just suck. But there can be better days ahead. Days where we can experience joy, days where you awaken to beautiful sunny blue skies, days filled with good times with loved ones, days where you can experience the beauty of nature. The kind of days that you wish won’t end.

We can’t stop the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. We acknowledge those days occur, but also that it is just a DAY. And it is possible to rediscover joy.

Maybe someone should write the sequel to Alexander’s story. Alexander and the beautiful, delightful, positively marvelous, very good day!

So when you find yourself complaining or stressing about everything that’s going wrong (or could go wrong), pause, take a breath, and ask yourself: What’s NOT wrong?

Self-proclaimed Joy Warrior

P.S. As I finish up this blog, I think I am ready to “people” again. I think I just needed a reminder from Mom that some days are like that!

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