I woke up this way. Angry. Irritated. Dangerous. And I didn't even go to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games last night.
Maybe it has never happened to you, maybe you are one of those people who pop out of bed every morning all chipper and raving about what a beautiful day it is. If you are one of those people, don't come near me this morning. And don't even think about saying something trite like, "Looks like Mr. Grumpy woke up on the wrong side of the bed today." Because I did. And I will cause you pain.
Strange how the chemical/emotional/body/spirit union can function so well together day in, day out, and then one day you wake up and "Grrr!" Again, I am presupposing that this has ever happened to you. Perhaps not. If so, my bad.
I went through the normal morning routine: Prayer, scriptures, kids, lunches, family scriptures, and the only thing I took away was that I am sick of getting peanut butter on my hands, and that the king had it right in Hamlet when he said,
"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go."
Yep, I let the "go to" solutions fail me this morning. Kids wouldn't come in for scriptures. We ran out of jelly. I had to literally fill the "Black Bin of Doom". I got in the car to schlep the kids to school, searching for something happy on the radio. Talk radio? Right. Hip Hop? Kill me now. I settled on some old Cure song. Perfect for my mood. My passengers didn't care - they were asleep, drooling with their heads against the window because they went to the midnight movie. Yeah, I was young once.
So here I sit, knowing that I need to get ready to go to work. Just like yesterday. And Wednesday. And Tuesday, etc. I don't see a lot of potential mood elevation there.
Now you are probably saying "I'm so disillusioned! MMM has got ME depressed now." Not my intention. My intention is to ask for your help. Ready? Here's the question:
What do you do to throw off a bad mood? (Based on the assumption that you do try to throw off the bad mood, rather than embrace it and sulk around wearing it, and sharing it with as many others as you can.)
I would love to hear your suggestions. Please let me know your ideas and experiences of how to "turn that frown upside down and smile that frown away." (Can't believe I just typed that - now I feel even worse)
Caution: Don't even think about quoting Abraham Lincoln: "A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be."
Anyone using the term "waaambulance" will be banned from my blog for life, and I will de-friend you on Facebook.
Well, duh! I KNOW that - and I BELIEVE that. But sometimes knowing it doesn't make much difference. It's all in the implementation.
So, bring it. Tell me what to do. But be forewarned...my claws are out.
UPDATE: 90 minutes later -I have found another solution: I whine about my woes, and an army of blog friends come to my rescue with wisdom, wit, and kindness.
Thank you all so much. I am 75% ready to take on the rest of the day, without fear of maiming anyone.
UPDATE #2: Just a quick report on my day: I decided to ditch work this afternoon and take my EC to see a movie about kids killing each other. I found it strangely cathartic, and my bad mood is now gone. Surprised that nobody even suggested it.
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