A Cure for Grumpiness

20 10 2012

The original “Grumpy” face

If you’re reading this because you’re having a bad day and feeling grumpy about it all, welcome to my world. On the other hand, if you’re reading this hoping to read about a real curative for bad humor, I apologize for misleading you.

Do we really just wake up on the wrong side of the bed some days? When this bad day started, I got out of bed on the same side I do every morning. I didn’t even have to get up to an alarm clock. It was a day off work. What could be better?

I did a 30-minute workout lifting weights and some other things designed by the Nike Training Club to make your arms and leg tremble like a leaf in the wind. Everything was going fine.

The thing is: I have a list three miles long that needs accomplishing. I’m a morning person and I like to jump right into it. I didn’t do it because I was going to a Bible study with the ladies at my church. We are trying to plan a retreat for next fall and I wanted to share some ideas so we could all be thinking about what we want to do.

Fine. I’ll go to the meeting at 9:30 and get home in time to have a quick lunch and get right on the schoolwork.

I pull up to the church building at 9:30. Not a car in sight. Lights are off. Hmmm. I must be early. Of course, in this techno-world when we have to wait, we grab our smart phone and take care of business. I played a round of Words with Friends and added coupons to my Safeway Club card. It was all very efficient.

9:40: The meeting must not start until 10. Thanks so much for mentioning a time change. Or maybe they did. I’m running around on overload most days, so I could easily have forgotten such in inapplicable thing.

I didn’t have those 30 minutes to waste today. I mean, I was reading this novel that I’ve had beckoning to me for over a week – when it arrived in an Amazon carton like an early Christmas gift. Seriously. I was reading before I went to the meeting because I didn’t think I would stop if I was in the middle of school work.

I should have prayed. Let’s face it; focusing on something besides our own woes is the best way to cure a bad mood. This seems anti-thesis, but it really works. Maybe it’s faith that God heard me and is going to take the reins at my request. Maybe it’s not stewing over what’s eating at us. Whatever it is, putting someone else front-and-center in our thoughts and deeds cures the grumpy-face-woe-is-mes.

If you’re having one of those days, I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t help. Who can you help? What needs doing? Stop stewing like a crock pot. Get up and do something for someone. Or at least pray.

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