We all have bad days.
We all have bad things that happen in the middle of a perfectly good day that turn it into a bad day.
What we need to do is make sure we aren’t the main reason a bad day gets worse.
Let me share with you the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen a person do in real life.
(I’ve seen a lot worse on YouTube, but this is one I was present for.)
I was sitting outside at Starbucks and a young woman came out with her frozen coffee beverage and discovered that she had a parking ticket.
For those not in Los Angeles, let me explain that parking tickets here are $68.00 or more. It’s brutal.
But this girl saw the ticket on her car, screamed (which made us all stare at her), then…I’m not making this up…threw her frozen coffee beverage at the ticket.
So now, she still had a parking ticket. She did not have the $4.00 drink she had just paid for, which was the reason she got the ticket in the first place, and she had frozen coffee beverage all over her windshield.
It’s easy to laugh at that, but ask yourself, what do I do to make my own bad days worse? Do I pick a fight with my spouse? Snap at my boss? Say something mean to one of my kids? Do I drive like a maniac? Do I eat an entire cheesecake? What’s my “coffee on the windshield?”
And next time you’re having a bad day, stop. Recognize your rotten mood. Change your circumstances if you can, and if you can’t, commit to yourself to get through it without throwing a frozen beverage at a parking ticket.
Your bad day will get a lot better the sooner you stop making it worse.