“I stepped in gum . . . in my bare feet.”
“My girlfriend/boyfriend moved to Europe and broke up with me over text.”
“I can’t find a summer job; no one wants me.”
Maybe you haven’t said one of these things exactly, but I’m sure you know what it feels like to have a bad day. Today my sister Maureen was telling me about her bad day and after I gave her my heartfelt and wise advice she said, “You’re really in the ‘just deal with it’ mode this week, huh?”
So in an attempt to redeem myself (because apparently “Just deal with it” doesn’t cut it) here are some of the ways I’ve learned I can change my bad day into a day in which I feel blessed.
- Go get some grace. If you haven’t been in awhile, go to Reconciliation, or daily Mass. If you can go to adoration, awesome; if you can’t, spend some time alone in silent prayer. Listen and let God speak truth to you. (Matthew 28:20) (James 5:13)
- Remember it will pass. Tomorrow is a new day. You can clean the gum off your foot. Your heart will heal. Just give today to God; He wants to be there for you. (Psalm 34:19)
- You’re in control. No matter what situation you find yourself in, the one thing you can control is how you deal with it. What choice are you going to make? (Philipians 4:8)
- Don’t just dwell on your problems. It doesn’t help to feel sorry for yourself. Go out and do something to brighten up someone else’s day. I promise you’ll be feel better when you stop thinking about yourself. (Galatians 5:13 – 14)
- Find someone you can talk to. I love that my sister calls me about her bad day because I know she trusts me. It’s never healthy to bottle it up inside and getting an outside opinion (especially someone who’s faith-filled and positive) is helpful when you have strong emotions about a situation. (Romans 14:19)
- Fill the void. You may want to eat chocolate, buy something new, take a nap, or hang out with friends. But! Remember that while we’re supposed to enjoy good things in moderation, don’t over do it. Nothing will satisfy that hole in your heart except God. Let Him in. (Psalm 62:2)
- Listen to uplifting music! This morning I was thinking about how unhappy people just need more country music in their lives. Maybe that’s not true for everyone, but turning on Christian music is a sure way to be reminded that God’s in charge and loves you immensely. (Psalm 100: 1 – 2)
- Ask for help. You have a huge circle of friends – the saints! Their intercession is powerful. You never have to feel alone; the saints and angels are always with us, cheering us on in our battles. I recommend the St. Michael prayer for protection against the enemy, Satan, who doesn’t want you to be a good Catholic. (Hebrews 12:1)
We can’t expect life to be all butterflies and flowers. Read Sirach, chapter 2. It starts with a warning, “My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials.” The rest of the chapter is filled with hope because of how God loves and cares for us.
Don’t give up. I’m praying for you.
Oh I almost forgot, I also suggest cute cat pictures: