Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maybe Just a Little Eleven O'clockish?

Sometimes it seems that the things that stand out most during our days are the annoyances. The little and sometimes not so little daily annoyances often color and shape our attitude, our ambition and affect the overall quality of our day. That sucks. Let's face it, we all let this happen. We are not perfect.

Yesterday was Tuesday but I had a MONDAY. This was of course after the first Monday which was also a MONDAY. I chalked the first Monday MONDAY up to being the day after a holiday and the first day back on schedule after Spring Break and our family's stay-cation. It was also the first day of my husband's new job; start to a new career. I confess to carrying a load of anticipation and worry all day long while he was away. I really wanted him to have an amazing day and come home eager and thrilled with his choice to follow this path. On a side note here, he did have a great day and things are looking good for him.

Back to my Tuesday that behaved like a MONDAY. I had such plans for Tuesday. I had a wonderful balance worked out between housework and professional work. For those of you who work from home, you know and understand that sometimes your best plans for getting it all done go awry. Hence, annoyances. thought I forgot what I had originally began posting about, didn't you? Nope, I was getting around to the whole annoyances thing.

I sent the teen off to school via bus, got settled in and had just finished my breakfast and second cup of coffee when I got a text message from teen. "Come get me. I feel like S*%T."Normally the teen would never use an expletive in front of me, let alone in a direct text so I knew that he was indeed truly sick and he needed me. I got to the school as quick as possible and loaded my alarmingly green son into the car and tried to get him home with as little vibration to further upset his already churning insides.

So with a sick kid at home, there went my originally scheduled program of finely timed errands, meetings and so forth. Annoyances? Yes, but my kid was sick and I decided that I would embrace this time of him actually needing and appreciating me taking care of him because at 15, it simply doesn't happen that much any more.  It was wonderfully liberating to kick the annoyances out of my way and embrace the new day.

It was indeed a new day. I scrapped most of my original schedule and enjoyed being Mom. Fortunately, by afternoon, the bulk of the stomach issues passed and he appeared on the mend, even asking for some bland food. Despite the rescheduling of my day, the other annoyances that cropped up...from computer programs that wouldn't load to ants in the bathroom to a lost (and needed) disc for my printer...I made conscious choices all day to stay positive. And it worked. I not only nursed the kid back to health but I was able to complete three assignments, get my hair cut, do laundry, cook a great meal for the hubs and squeeze in a late workout.

I guess my point is, is that so often (me, especially) we let the daily annoyances pile up until they are such a burden we are trudging hunched with them heaped haphazardly on our shoulders. The longer we trudge the worse we feel until the only thing we can see is a haze of anger, disgust and even depression.

So how did I stay positive yesterday? Honestly, I don't know. I think I was simply tired of being weighed down. I said, the hell with it, I was going to be content and productive despite things going awry.

So the next time you have a MONDAY on a Tuesday or any other day of the week, remember to breathe, say the hell with it and then firmly tell yourself you are going to do the best you can with the day you were given. You CAN do it. 

"When late morning rolls around and you're feeling a bit out of sorts, 
don't worry; you're probably just a little eleven o'clockish."
Winnie the Pooh


  1. Sometimes I feel like every day's a Monday. This is great advice!

  2. Thanks Allison. Loved your post about Mr.7's discovery of the fabulous world of Sherlock Holmes. That's just fantastic!