Hello friends and happy Monday. Welcome to the beginning of the work week. Nobody likes Mondays but instead of complaining and dragging your feet all day lets try to get a new perspective. Monday is your first chance to get on the right track and make some positive changes in your life.
I admit my morning didn’t start so well. I woke up late, but that’s normal, and I misjudged the amount of time I had to get ready. I made it into work with just seconds to spare. I feel like I’m forgetting things now. I feel tired and I feel irritable. I feel off and I am slowly getting angry and I believe that the universe is against me. By 10 AM I decided today was just going to be a bad day and there was nothing I could do about it.
“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”
― Gautama Buddha
My thoughts had already run away and taken me somewhere I never intended to go. I didn’t choose to be grouchy, or irritable, or angry. I didn’t choose to become a Negative Nancy and almost lose a whole day because I decided it was over before noon. Those feelings happened because I didn’t guard my thoughts. I wasn’t being mindful and present. I wasn’t choosing to change my path when I could.
Nothing that happened today was as bad as I thought. Nothing really went wrong, it just wasn’t ideal. I had a few setbacks, yes, but I could’ve started over at any point. It wasn’t the universe preventing that from happening, it wasn’t my coworkers, or my girlfriend, or the kids I work with. It was me.
It’s true what they say you are your own worst enemy.
Our moods are also affected by things we aren’t entirely aware of. Our blood sugar levels, the amount of sleep we got last night, whether our bodies are fighting off illness, mental illness, the weather, hell, even the bacteria living in our gut get a say. The important thing is to be aware of how you are doing and what you are thinking and place responsibility where it really belongs.
Other people do not decide your mood, you do, in as much as it can be determined. Even if a lot of it is out of your control, awareness of your thoughts can go a long way to improving your mood or seeing things more rationally. If you can figure out why you are feeling the way you do, and whether it can be fixed or must be let go, you are doing well. It starts with mindfulness and self-awareness.
Our thoughts can run wild if unchecked. Our thoughts can sweep us very far off track and next thing you know, you’ve lost a whole day to a bad mood. Do your best to be mindful and present in your own head. Don’t lose yourself in emotional turmoil that could be avoided. Guard your thoughts and see if things don’t get a little better today.