From oversleeping when I needed to get up early to my elderly dog pooping on the floor; things got off to a rough start. The dog's face is still swollen from a mystery bite or sting. And the baby is stirring before I have any tasks crossed off my list. The frustration is built and my mind is trying desperately to filter the words into PG, toddler friendly sentences.
It is time to switch gears. It is not how I want my day to continue and though it may not feel like it, I do have a choice. Even more so, it is not how I want my daughter's day to start. So I pause and watch the familiar Cardinal hop around in my backyard. I listen to the hum of the refrigerator. I take a deep breath and then another. Laughter would help and I know the benefits of laughing, even if it is fake, but I am not there quite yet.
So I will focus on gratitude. And today I want to focus on ridiculous gratitude. What am I grateful for that I have never ever thought about before?
I'm grateful for the grip pattern on the bottom of my tennis shoes so I have traction on the wet deck. I'm grateful for those little bubbles on the lids of to go cups that are supposed to mark what drink you have...I push them all even though it's just water. I'm grateful for little pranks like a rubber band around the sink sprayer; pranks I haven't thought of since youth and yet will someday have to be prepared to experience again. I'm grateful to feel my mood lightening and the laughter getting closer. I'm grateful to just sit and make goofy, exaggerated laughing faces to help get the laughter flowing. And I'm grateful this is not the Truman Show and you have to use your own imagination of what that must look like as I sit here looking crazy. I'm grateful for choosing to shift gears and to be ready to start the day fresh.
How do you shift gears when things aren't going as planned? How do you cheer yourself back up?
May today remind us to laugh a little. May things go as smoothly as they can and we find humor to get us around the bumps. Have a beautiful day!