Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I got up on the wrong side of the bed.
I was in a stinky mood and I snapped at my older daughter over something trivial.
Then I stopped and went and stared at myself in the mirror. "Okay," I thought. "You are in a bad mood. How can you turn it around into something positive before wrecking the mornings of those you love best?"
I began to clean. I stripped off all of the sheets and took them and the towels to the laundry room. I unloaded the dishwasher and began to load it. I scooped the cat boxes (ick). All the while, I talked to myself, asking where the mood came from and why my anxiety level was so high.
Once I figured out where it came from, it dissipated and I was able to regain my equilibrium. I sent my lovely daughter off to school with an apology and a joke and a smile. I noticed the gorgeousness of the spring colors. I found my joy again.
Today, I will be careful not to wallow in my negative emotions and infect those around me. I will remember that it is my choice and I am not at the mercy of every fleeting emotion. I can choose to express my negative emotions in constructive ways and I can banish them by focusing on the good in my life.