The other day - Monday to be specific - was not my best day. It was officially the first day of the kids summer vacation but I still had to work in the family office because one of our employees was out and I needed to cover the 8-5 shift to keep afloat. No biggie. The kids came with me (thank God for family run businesses!) and we showed up bright eyed and ready. They had lots to do to keep them busy as did I! I turned on my computer but my computer was not ready to work. My computer was stricken with a virus. A case of the Mondays you could say. No computer, no work. It took at least an hour to get completely up and running, which set an already busy day back more than I would've liked. The computer was not the only one with a case of the Mondays; customers, phone conversations, orders, everything and everyone I touched was afflicted with the Monday Touch (see: Opposite of Midas Touch). Before I knew it, it was 5:00 and I was wiped out. I was grouchy, irritable, stressed, drained and ready to go home while my boys were just getting warmed up and ready to go. I tried to make up for the lost day by taking the boys for a swim in the lake, having a great dinner and some decent laughs before bed - but all in all, Monday was gone and that was the only thing good about it. When my weary head finally hit the pillow, even I was tired of me.
|I love this because it's true - coffee is optimism in a cup. When you drink it, you immediately feel like you can conquer whatever stands in front of you - until it's time for another cup.|
As I poured my Tuesday morning coffee, it hit me. Every morning that I wake up, I get a chance to do things over, to do them better, to do them differently, to try again. THAT'S when I realized that what I love about my coffee so much is that it represents a new start and new possibilities every single day. So I had a crappy day Monday - I get a do-over. The coffee induced an amnesia for yesterday and wiped the slate clean and made way for the new. It's a beautiful thing. If we're lucky, we have a large amount of do-overs in our lifetime - it's what we choose to do with them that really matters. I'm sure you've seen that ecard that says "I'm trying to decide if I should use my coffee powers for good or evil." It's funny, but it's so true. If you think of your coffee as a fresh start to the day, then you have to decide is it going to be a good day? Or a bad day? Are you going to choose good? Or evil? Are you going to be kind? Or unkind? Your day is full of opportunities. It's full of the option to change what you didn't like about yesterday. The beautiful thing is that we have the power to decide if we should learn from what we did wrong yesterday should we choose to acknowledge it and say today is a new day and forgive ourselves and others for the things that didn't work out the day before. I think one of the reasons we all loathe Monday so much is because we put SO much pressure on it to be a fresh start, to start a diet, to begin an exercise program, to get Friday's leftover pile of blown off work done. Monday carries such a negative connotation because we push all of our hope and effort into Monday and when it doesn't work out - we blame the fact that it's Monday for our failures. Maybe by looking at our morning coffee as Monday, or as January, or however you want to think of it -we'll start to think of it as a fresh start.
We don't start out the day thinking it's going to be bad (well, maybe some days when we have something daunting on the schedule we do, but for the most part, we don't). Sometimes there is something waiting in the wings to throw us off our game and mess with our attitude. It's going to happen. You're going to have days like that once in a while. You might even have weeks like that. But what can we do differently today to show that we learned something from doing yesterday wrong? Could be something so small - could be something huge. We could say maybe we'll react differently or let something roll off of us, or turn the other cheek. Even better, try NOT to take things personally because 99% of the time it isn't. As long as we are moving forward every single day as a work in progress, a life in progress, a human being who learns from what to sweat and what not to sweat - that's what matters. It seems the older I get, the less seriously I take the stupid stuff.
|I love the simplicity and innocence in this quote!|
What's in your cup of coffee today? It's more than hot, delicious goodness in a cup - it's hopes, dreams, courage, strength, love, and kindness. So drink up, and go forward today with the strength you need to do anything and face everything that comes your way. Say it with me, today will be good. Cheers and Love.