Making A Bad Day Something Better

January 26, 2011

“A bad day is just a day where you have been thinking more negative thoughts than positive ones.”

Last week, I woke up to what one might have considered a very bad day. It was the first day of the new semester and I was already running late. I sprinted into the shower to wash off, flew down the stairs to brush my teeth, and ran out to my car.

With only 20 minutes until class started (keep in mind, my commute averages 30 minutes), I quickly brushed the snow off my car, went to turn the key to my ignition, and heard nothing but the silence of falling snow. “Oh great! It’s going to be that kind of a day,” I thought to myself. I went inside and quickly scrambled to get in contact with my parents. After finally getting in contact with my mom, I was able to borrow her car while at work and drive myself to school. I proceeded with the day, fearing for the worst.

To my good fortune, that day last week ended up being one of the best days of my week. Instead of carrying on with my day feeling hopeless and down, I raised my head up high and looked for ways to improve my day. After my two classes that morning, I made lunch plans with a friend at our favorite burger joint. Afterwords, we went back to my house and took care of my immobilized car. We hung out for some time and later headed to the gym.

After I tidied myself up and was ready to call it a day, thanking a higher love for turning my day into something far better than I thought it would be, I noticed my phone- lit up, indicating a new message. The message was from my former significant-other (asking how I was doing), and our brief conversation brought an unimaginable amount of happiness and ease to my mind.

What’s important is that we understand we have the opportunity to change our attitude, our perspective, and our thoughts- at any moment. What I thought might lead me into a day of disaster resulted in the best day of my week. How can you change your impression on the bad to turn them into good?

Tom Beute

Written by Tom Beute– a Christian, barista, and software engineer.