Wednesday, December 10, 2008


It's been one of those cold days, you know? One step outside, and your hands feel like icicles. Yet, there are a million and one things to be done.

As is my custom on the Wednesdays following a chemo treatment, I'm off today for a day of rest. I generally work Mondays and Tuesdays following a treatment, but by the third day, I'm wiped out and need some downtime.

This morning, I awoke to a drafy 50-year-old house with stopped up drains, a dog with a skin problem, a car in need of an oil change, and a pile of laundry waiting to be folded. I decided to take the car to the shop first-thing so that I could go back home and spend the remainder of my day on the couch. What should have been a quick trip, ended up taking 3 hours. In the midst of my waiting, my mood somehow went south.

Why is it that these mundane things that life requires of us can ruin a good day faster than anything else? These are the things that turn us cold towards others. We get so wrapped up in our schedules and what we planned to do with our time and money, that the smallest inconvenience can rapidly rob our joy.

My question to you today, is, how do you stay joyful in the midst of mundane? What do you do to make sure that you are always ready with a warm greeting and cozy smile?


Lindsey said...

Guilty! The smallest little things can really bring the day down!

But I try to hide my distress when dealing with others, which sadly means that my husband ends up with the wrath!

Whitney said...

I like to find adventure in every day circumstances. Or, per say, I am sitting in a car place waiting on my car, I play the "guess what they do for a living" game when I see another customer walk in. Or I play, "people who look like people". Or....I find something unusual about the circumstance and find some humor in it!

Unknown said...

I wish I had an answer for you, but I tend to let the little stuff get to me way too much. When you find out the secret, please pass it along! :)

Unknown said...

Oh...and I hope you were finally able to get some rest!

AngiDe said...

Ugh! i hate days like that. I guess my only advice would be to try to smile at everyone... smiling... for no reason... sometimes starts to make you feel better. =)
Good luck and feel better!

"Nana's Box"

Michele said...

Hi Lindsey ~ I'm so guilty of that..the littlest thing can bring me down big time. I wish I had the answer, because it's so annoying. I hate it when I become a scrooge and it happens more and more these days!


Erin said...

As cheesy as it sounds, I painfully try and figure out the lesson God is trying to get across. This very thing happened to me today, and, I must say, it was a lesson much needed. It was called patience! ;) Not fun to learn, but I guess we have to....! ;)

Megan said...

The truth is, I am not always joyful (shocker! jk) We are humans..and part of that is having bad days. Whenever I have a bad day I try to make it up the next day. Or if I am having a bad morning, I try to have a better evening. Whenever i'm in a slump I do something that makes me happy. And you need to take plenty of time for yourself! ;) You are SO strong!

Amy said...

As you know, I have had meltdowns over my car not starting, so, I am not always able to do be joyful in trials. But my favorite quote is one by Erma Bombeck...."If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it."
I "try" to remember those words.
Sunday night, coming home from a birthday party, I fell outside. Hard. I landed on my knees. Luckily my back brace was on, or it would have been a lot worse for my back, anyway, after the initial shock of the fall wore off, I just laughed at myself with my husband. It, of course, was not funny at all, but I just cracked up at my own clumsiness. *Sigh*
I have to have an MRI and a series of xrays Monday for that new back injury I have been dealing with, and I just thought to myself, "Well, it's better to fall BEFORE an MRI, than after." Amen?;)

Take care of yourself!
God Bless,

Sweet Simplicity said...

I don't have any advice to give, which means I need to read all the comments and try to learn from them. I am very schedule oriented person and when things don't happen when I want them to, watch out! :)

Liz Harrell said...

You are so right. It's always the little things that get me. An unexpected bill in the mail or a flat tire. Sends me right over the edge. I just have to sit down and pray. That's all that really puts things in perspective. But... I do love a good cup of decaf Starbucks. That does clear my head. :)

Unknown said...

good question. i have had a very difficult time accomplishing that myself recently.

Bee said...

I try to find the humor in the situation. I also tell myself things like there is a reason I'm being held up. Maybe I was spared in an accident or I needed some down time. I try to remain optimistic, but it is easy for me to get irritated with these types of issues as well.

I hope you got a nap in. If you didn't, well, that's worth getting irritated over.

cessc said...

Sometime is maybe as simple as being thankful that you have the energy or time to be able to do even the mundane have to make to worthwhile...i always bring a book or my ipod with me so that I have an "out".


Dr. H said...

Remember me sweet Lindsey? It's Dr. Haller from OBU...I pray! I also read the Bible when it is available to me. Since I am now in Texas and keeping my grandaughter I find my spirits low occasionally because I am not yet accustomed to being home. Oh yes, I also read your blog and your sweet spirit just shines right through!! Love you!

one of nettie's girls said...

I had to laugh when I read Whitney's comment. She is so like her mother. I have been in an elevator with her mom and other people and she will have made up an entire biography for someone by the time we leave the elevator! I do think that approach to life is key, though-look for the good and the interesting and the fun and you usually find it.

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Wow....simple but profound and so TRUE! I guess it's really all about living in the moment and trying to keep it simple, which is a task in itself.

Love this post and absolutely love your page! Very inspirational!