“Are you serious?! You think I can eat THAT!” the woman’s voice could be heard throughout a now silent restaurant. Absolutely brimming with heated tension, you could say she was having a bad day after what had been an eventful morning. First, the boat her family and her had taken to go to the island their friends had recommended for a holiday, had broken down in the middle of the sea and their once expected time of arrival of 12.30 now became 1. Then to top it off, the driver was late! Gosh how could such ‘terrible’ things happen to someone like her. Arriving at the resort, the kids were driving her crazy, she was looking forward to having a bit of lay down. But what greeted her at the front desk was yet another hitch to her already crap day. “You’re telling ME that we can’t check in until 2.30pm??”. “Yes ma’am, I’m sorry we’re fully booked and our check in time for guests is at 2pm and the previous guests have only just checked out so we are now cleaning the room”. “This is ridiculous” the woman said. Storming off, she headed her family into the resort’s restaurant to end up to the scene that this whole scenario started off with.
Ever had a day like this? One where everything just seems to be going wrong and you feel positively pissed off (for lack of a better description, apologies for my french). But did you ever take a step back and breathe? Let things just happen as they come? What difference would it make by making everyone else feel uncomfortable yourself included and being a BITCH (yet again, lack of better word) because you are having a so called ‘bad’ day. Uh-uh no excuses here missy. There is no excuse. What you’re calling a ‘terrible’ situation isn’t so terrible. There are things called disease, famine, losing a loved one, now those are things that could qualify as terrible. Your coffee not made right, the pillow case isn’t the one you requested, big deal! Change it. It’s not something terrible. Time to come back down to earth and readjust your attitude. There are people who could’ve gone through exactly the same situation but handled it completely differently to end up having a day they called fantastic. Why? Attitude!
New Years has passed. It’s already the 7th of January today and I wonder how many people have already started slipping with their New Year’s Resolutions (that’s if they made any). Seeing the example before, I think I know a few people who could include adjusting their attitude as a resolution. Change the way you think for this coming year. Why not decide to make it the best one yet? It’s up to you.
Is it going to be the catalyst for you decision to change for the better? Or is it just going to be another year, same old, no difference from the previous. Call my thinking cliche, but I truly do believe in the power of ‘new’, or shall we say ‘refreshed’ beginnings. Why not use the New Year as the time to just do that? Starting on a new foot, with revitalised intentions and the lessons from the previous year to live your life to its fullest. Because who knows? It might just be your last. Ha ha.
Now I’m not buying into the whole 2012 thing, but if it really were, how do we know? Why not look forward to 2012 being the year the world did NOT end? Celebrate life and how lucky we are to be here today. So this New Year I dare you to choose a statement. Just one. No use making hundreds on resolutions you can’t keep. That’s right. Choose one easy mantra you could repeat every day as you wake up and when you go to bed. Something that culminates what you really want to happen this year. Now pick something, anything, the sky is the limit but keep it a true, strong statement. It could be: I am going to bed each evening in a good mood. Or I am going to be the healthiest I have ever been in my life this year. They’re broad statements. It’s up to you how to get there. But repeat it. Remind yourself. Don’t end up like the lady in the anecdote at the start of this blog. CHOOSE to be better. CHOOSE to be happy. Like they say, don’t sweat the small stuff. Cheers to you guys, I wish you the best year yet 😉