Yesterday started out like that for me. Bad things happened one right after the other.
What kinds of bad things?
The first was that I didn’t make it to where I was supposed to bring my car for its inspection, which I need to get a Maryland license plate.
Then when I went to the supermarket and did my shopping , the cashier refused to accept the so-called “courtesy checks” for the bank account I’d just opened. I was able to use a debit card from my account in Seattle, but I was very irritated because someone at the bank in Maryland had given me erroneous information about opening a joint account here.
That resulted in a delay getting a debit card and checks for the account. The bank then offered me these so-called “courtesy checks,” neglecting to mention that they were essentially useless anywhere in town.
After that I was in a really foul mood, so it’s not surprising that the next bad thing that happened is that I had a fight with my BF.
Then some good things started to happen
Even as I was feeling upset, frustrated, and super sorry for myself, good things started to happen. Five good things—one right after the other.
*** It turned into a beautiful, warm, sunny day.
*** I grabbed my binoculars and went for a walk. Hearing an unfamiliar bird song, I scanned the trees and saw a spectacular bird that I’d never seen before. It was an intensely-colored orange bird with a long tail and some black feathers around its beak.
My first thought was that—since I’m in Maryland now—maybe it was a Baltimore oriole . But later when I Goggled it, I saw that Baltimore orioles have all-black heads, not just black feathers by their beaks. I think the bird is some species of oriole (like the bird pictured above), but I definitely need to get a Field Guide to the Eastern Birds.
*** Then I got a wonderful comment from Justin Dixon on my post called Career Advice from Mom, Seriously. Justin is a thoughtful, young blogger whose posts I read regularly. He said,
This is a hard post to follow up with a comment; you covered every topic so well that its hard to add anything to it. I’m supposed to be going to a toastmasters meeting here in about a week. It will be my first one, and it is due to coming to the same conclusion as your first bit of advice. All of this is well said.
I was especially pleased by his comment because Justin is part of the audience I had in mind for this post; he’s just a few years younger than my daughter.
*** Then I saw an inspiring video on a blog called http://changingaging.org . It was a TV interview with geriatrics doctor, blogger, and author Dr. Bill Thomas.
I loved Dr. Thomas’ concept of the three stages of life—childhood, adulthood, and elderhood—each with its own challenges and accomplishments. Much more positive that the prevailing ideas about the final stage of life.
*** And the fifth and absolutely best thing that happened when I was having a bad day is that I made up with my BF.
What about you? Have you ever had a day that starts out bad and gets worse? So what do you do? Do you go for a walk? Call a friend? Treat yourself to an orange-mango smoothie and cinnamon scone at Starbucks? Take a friend to Starbucks and treat him to whatever he wants?
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