Some Days Seem To Be Disasters

Some Days Seem to Be Disasters

Everyone gets them – everyone.

It’s also true that one person’s idea of a disaster is not the same for another person.  For one person, a finger nail breaking ruins their day.  For another, news arrives that they’ve lost their job.

It depends on the cycle of life you’re in whether you consider an event to be a disaster or a blip.

For some, losing a job is a relief.  They hated their jobs and losing their jobs with a buyout is ideal.  They can begin a new life and have the financial backing to help them do it.

A sixteen year-old going to the prom can be heartbroken over a broken nail after she’s spent weeks nurturing nail growth, hoping to “look perfect” for the big night!

This Week For Me . . . .

I have a picture of an orangutan near my computer.  He has his hands covering his face and the caption reads:  “I try to take life one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.”  Some days are like that!  Some weeks are like that too.

I’ve had a whole week of disastrous days.  Every day, something added to an already challenging situation.  At this moment, the challenge seems insurmountable after months of work to resolve the issue.

Could I have done anything in managing my time to avert these “disasters”?  No.  A person can have all the time management skill in the world and disasters will still happen. Time management means managing your time, however, it does not mean that life will be perfect.  It won’t.  Life will often present something to derail the best laid plans.

So what do you do?

  • cry – get it all out – scream – let the steam out – like a pressure cooker, the steam builds and the lid has to blow off!
  • pick up a lot of wild bird seed and other food for wildlife in your town or city; take a shopping cart with you to carry the stuff and
  • go for a walk in the park or on the beach – anywhere you can find some birds and/or animals to feed
  • feed the creatures, walk a lot

Why?  Feeding these creatures will take the focus off of yourself.  You’ll be so absorbed with all the squirrels running like mad to get as many nuts as possible or the birds vying for food or the raccoons picking up the eggs from the cartoon, spinning them around and eating them, you’ll soon forget about your troubles.

It will take your mind off your “disasters”.  You’ll give your mind a rest, your emotions a rest and your head a rest. Walk as long as it takes even it’s two, three, or four hours or more.  If you’re at work, just tell your supervisor you won’t be back for the rest of the day.

When you are done walking, you’ll be very tired.  Have something warm to eat, go to bed early and likely, the world will be a better place the next day.

The Next Day . . . .

You’ll see that what seemed a disaster has a positive side to it.  Like volcanoes blowing the lid off the top of a mountain, the pressure is released, much is destroyed but the ash fertilizes the soil for bigger and better growth in the years to come.  Perhaps that’s what life is all about – disasters happen to release benefits.  We likely will never see the benefits until we “clear the air”.

Try my little formula – see if it works for you too – the next day is a whole new day.

Lorraine Arams

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