Keeping a Lousy Day from Ending Lousy

“Here’s the real question: if all it takes to turn a lousy day into a great one is a little dinner party and a phone call, why would you ever choose to have a lousy day? Even better, why would you let someone else have a lousy one?” (Seth Godin)

In his book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn, Godin describes a lousy day and the entitlement to a lousy mood in response.  However, at the end of this hypothetical lousy day, a friend calls you just to tell you how special you are; and, when you arrive home, your roommate has organized a surprise dinner party with six of your closest friends.  Your day is no longer considered a lousy one.

So, he asks, if these egestures have the ability to turn around a lousy day, why choose to have a lousy day every again, but more importantly, why allow someone else to have one?

I remember when I was pregnant with Beckett, before we knew he was a he, some days I would grit my teeth and proclaim (silently) to the Lord, that I was pretty convinced our home couldn’t hold anymore drama.  Audrey and Charlotte have days that they seem to have been tossed off the wrong side of the bed—their emotions are closer to the surface, drama dials are set to high, and all their grumpiness just hangs right out in the open.

But, if all it would take to turn Audrey’s lousy mood into a good one is 20 minutes playing Animal Sequence together while we sip peach tea, why am I not doing that?  If allowing Charlotte to feel needed and important as she helps me prepare breakfast (even though it may take twice as long) is all it takes to get the grumps out, why wouldn’t I?  Because I’ve lost sight of my call to serve.

I easily get focused bulldozing through my day, focused on my tasks more than my people, so I toss their tumultuous emotions to the side. Even if there’s no good reason (I can decipher) for a grumpy morning, if I have the power to be a mood-changer in my home, why would I let one of my children start and end a day feeling lousy?  This is the latest challenge the Lord has presented me as I continue to grow as a servant-leader in my home.

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