I woke up with a to-do list a mile long in my head and instantly felt stressed.
Get kids up and ready for school, meeting at 9, dentist at 11, a lot of work to do in a small window of time, followed by after-school activities that wouldn’t put us home until after 7 p.m. that night.
I stumbled to the messy kitchen, stepping over piles of laundry and a spot on the carpet where one of the dogs undoubtedly peed (GROSS!!!), to start making lunches.
I get the kids up and try to get them moving. That’s a losing battle. Move faster, hurry up, let’s go is our morning mantra.
I yell at the kids to COME ON ALREADY. I yell at the strangers driving too slow when I’m so rushed. I drop the kids off and head to a meeting at a place I’ve never been and yell at the GPS lady because she keeps interrupting the podcast I’m listening to.
Ironically, the podcast is talking about finding purpose and reclaiming calm in your life.
Ugh. What a HORRIBLE day, I think. And it’s only 9 a.m.
My meeting is with a local woman who is working with a group of volunteers to help feed people in the community who are food insecure. (That story is coming soon!)
I had originally planned to just call or email her some questions, but as I’m listening to her talk, I realize I’m glad we decided to meet in person.
Her passion and exuberance is tangible. I can sense the happiness she feels talking about this cause and my body and mind start to relax.
By the end of our meeting, my morning and my outlook have changed. I’m more hopeful, more grateful, and just plain happier.
It seems that kindness is contagious.
It’s a good reminder on those mornings when I feel overwhelmed or stressed. Thinking kind thoughts and focusing on others (instead of myself) really is the best cure for a so-called bad day.