When was the last time you declared a Feel Good Day?
What? Never? Well, it’s not too late!
Truth be told, this little inspiration whacked me in the rear when I found myself having a mini-meltdown one Sunday morning. (I skipped meditation that morning.)
My family of three was set to enjoy an exquisite excursion to Golden Gate Park. We had planned to walk everywhere to spare the air, having made a vow to be good residents of one of the greenest cities in the country.
Except, my obsessive tendency got the better of me. I was gripped by a small thing that went missing.
Soon, the minor became major. I turned the house inside out looking for this teeny, tiny thing. Before I knew what was happening, I was tangled up in a woeful round of hide and seek. I’m too embarrassed to say what this tiny thing was. However, I will mention that the cute culprit was someone with equally teeny, tiny hands.
Within minutes, I turned this potentially perfect day into a needlessly awful morning. Husband got out of my way; always a smart move after years of experience. Little guy clung ever-so-close to husband while he ate his snack; a fast learner.
You’ve heard of the book: When Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy? Well, so have I. You get the picture. But the book I should really read is called: Get Momma a Chill Pill. (I just Google-Binged it. This book has not been written yet so there’s my million dollar idea for the day.)
CHILL PILL TIME
It’s true. When I realized that I had allowed myself to get stressed out, that’s when I knew I was desperate for a perspective check.
So, I pushed the missing object out of my mind (hard for the inherently persnickety, but nonetheless doable), took a deep breath (easy now thanks to regular Hatha yoga classes) and declared the rest of the day Feel Good Day.
And you know what? Once I made a decision, it was that easy.
My son got his happy morning playground time while I read a book on the grass under the blazing sun. Once husband joined us, we strolled through park tunnels and watched svelte skaters skate to swing music in synchronicity. It felt good.
We ran into an old friend with her toddler and baby and caught up on old times. We scaled the gorgeous grounds of the Japanese Tea Garden; stopped for a pot of sencha tea and a bite of square mochi in the picture perfect tea house. It felt good.
Hours went by effortlessly and the day became exactly how a Feel Good Day should be. The boys, forgiving as always, had forgotten the memory of the crazy-making morning.
Oh, and about the object that was missing? At the end of the day, when the little guy was all tucked in, it turned up next to my evening cup of tea. No muss no fuss. Naturally.
Feel Good Day can be any day and everyday; even the ones that start out as Make Family Crazy Day.
1. How about you? Will you declare a Feel Good Day in your future?
2. What’s your idea of a Feel Good Day?
3. Do you find it easy or hard to have a Feel Good Day when your morning is less than perfect?
NOTE: I’ve joined the Momalom Five for Ten Challenge. If you’re interested in joining, click here. It’s not too late. This means that from Monday, May 10th through Wednesday, May 19th, I will be posting every other day for ten days. I will be writing about topics that Jen and Sarah, the wonderful women of Momalom have picked: Courage, Happiness, Memory, Lust and Yes. It’s more than you’re used to hearing from me so, please consider yourself warned. At the end of the challenge, I will return to my regular posting schedule.
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