Choose Your Mood

Oh My Goodness, does that cold weather look amazing or what?!

To be fair, I live in Florida and it’s the hottest month of the year and it’s so incredibly humid, it’s just about unbearable. I read a meme on Facebook that said “Want to know what it feels like in Florida right now? Take a hot shower, don’t dry off, get dressed.” 😂😂 Truth.

This picture jumped out at me mostly for the yearning I have for some cooler weather… but also for the quote.

I was grumpy yesterday. Yes, it’s true, I get grumpy. It’s not all unicorns and rainbows. I was growly too. And a little bit unthankful. And focused on the negative. We all have our days, friends.

My daughter likes to tell me that she chose me. Before she was born, she found me and she chose me to be her mama. She’s told me this since she has been able to talk well enough to articulate it. Not sure if this is how it works, but I believe with all my heart that her and I are the perfect match.

So my girl, who has heard it all from me before, turned the tables on me yesterday. “Do you want to be grumpy or do you want to choose to look for the good things?” and “Do you really want to be mad and cranky? What is something good that happened today?”

Do you know that it can be very annoying to hear your good advice come back at you when you are in the middle of a bad mood? 🤣☠

She was right though. It took me a few minutes, or maybe 30, to admit it. I have so much to be happy about! I am abundantly blessed!

  • A beautiful old soul daughter who is the best thing to ever happen to me
  • Family and Friends (My Village!)
  • A place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, car to drive
  • Amazon Prime, Coffee, traveling, Favorite TV shows and movies, the weather, hugs, our dragon, books, library, art, music, theater, the sun, moon, and stars, beaches, Disney World…

You get the point.

It’s totally ok to be grumpy occasionally, to have a bad day, to get annoyed. We are humans, after all. But once you’ve spent a few minutes indulging in the feelings, we do have a choice to make. We can continue to focus on all the negative things, list them out, complain about them, wallow in them…

Or.

We can start counting our blessings. Start listing all the good things that happened in the day. Each day is filled with both positive and negative. Start naming all the positives! Think about all the things in our life that we have to be thankful for.

Life is good. That’s what I ended up saying to my punkin. After pouting a bit. More than a bit. Don’t judge.

You’re right Raegan. Life is good and I am blessed.”

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