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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Restarting your day

We all have challenging days.  We had one recently at our house where nothing was going as planned.  It seemed as though the morning was spent fighting problems.  When this happens, you just need to take a step back and reevaluate things.  That's exactly what we did.

I gathered all three kids and we sat in stillness for a few minutes.  We talked about how things weren't going the way we wanted them to.  We pondered what we could do to fix the direction our day was going in.  Then my 6-year old suggested something I have often said.  He said, "Let's just re-start our day" and so we did.

We agreed to all go to our rooms for 10 minutes and when it was time to come out, we would pretend it was the morning of a new day.  We each took our ten minutes to realign.  When our ten minutes was up, we all exited our rooms one-by-one acting as ridiculously sleepy as possible -- as if we'd just awoke.  We all asked each other (while trying to fight back smiles) if we had a good nights sleep.  I suggested they put on a cartoon just like they do every morning, and started my "morning" tea.  We had eggs and toast afterwards for "breakfast" (lunch) afterwards.  It made everyone laugh profusely.  The day was renewed.

We don't always have to go to these extremes, but each and every one of us has a chance to restart our day at any time if it's not going right for us.  Sometimes retreating for a few minutes of alone time is enough to restart with a fresh perspective.

Thought of the Day:  Next time you are having a bad day, you don't have to wait until tomorrow for a new one -- just try to salvage the one you've been gifted with!  Start where you are and find a few minutes to slip away and realign.  Oftentimes that is enough to get you back on track.

Have a great day!

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