Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

“Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps” ~ Emo Philips

Do you ever feel this way?  As a rule, I do not.  I generally like to keep a pretty up-beat attitude.  Generally.  Some days, though,  it’s harder than trying to get Republicans and Democrats to have a civil conversation.  Yesterday was one of those days.

A  job I had bid at around a couple of hours ran three-plus hours.  Why?  Not sure.  Some homes are deceptively dirty.  You look at them and you think you are noticing the details and then you start cleaning.  And cleaning.  And why didn’t you notice that before?  The next thing you know, you’ve got way more time into this job than you ever imagined.  It happens. 

As a cleaning service we generally are in the business of making other people happy.  It gives us a sense of satisfaction to think of the customer coming home to a house that is clean.  We enjoy thinking that when our clients walk in the door and see things dusted, see the soap scum cleaned out of the tub, see their appliances free of the dirt and grime that had built up since the last cleaning, that they have a sense of relief and over-all happiness.  But what happens when the cleaners are in a bad mood?

Take that one ugly bid experience and add worry about a loved one who hasn’t been feeling well, typical teenager stuff, dark, rainy weather and even the happiest person could feel down.

We all get down now and again.  It’s part of the ebb and flow of life.  The trick, I think, is to have more “up” days than “down” days.  Sometimes you have to force yourself to be happy.  There are different methods for this; some count their blessings, others watch the Three Stooges, but I like to look for the silver lining that lies in every situation. 

I bid the job poorly and may have lost money?  What about the hundreds of other jobs that I bid correctly?  Certainly they cancel out one poorly bid job.  Besides, the customer will see the extra effort you made and remember you positively.

Your child is having trouble in school?  Albert Einstein was asked to leave one of his schools because the leaders of the school thought he wasn’t smart enough to attend there.

Dark and rainy?  Above those clouds that cover your world, the sun is shining and it will always come out again.  Besides, the rain is washing away the snow.

Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that our troubles are maybe not as bad as they seem. 

What do you do to drag yourself out of a bad mood or funk?



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