Ever have one of those days where you just want to scream?
Or a day or two where you are in a funk and can't seem to shake it?
Do you feel like that feeling is out of your control?
It isn't, or at least, it doesn't have to be.
Life is full and things are fluid all the time. Things are always going to be coming at you, there will often be more than you can handle.
You will have not enough business, or too much.
The kids will have a million activities, or they will be bored and driving you crazy.
The house will be in need of fixing, or in need of remodeling or in need of redecorating, or you will be ready to sell it.
There will always be stuff. It won't all be rosy. But the really cool thing is you are in complete control of your perspective and your reaction.
As kids, when we wanted to stay up late, or eat popcorn, or go outside, we always had to ask our parents. And, when we got an answer we didn't like, they would tell us that when we grew up, we could make our own rules and we could decide when to stay up late, or eat popcorn.
But we don't do we? We still let everything around us be the "boss of us".
Eat your vegetables, then you can have dessert
Do your chores, then you can have your allowance
Finish your homework, then you can go out and play
As an adult, don't you still hear your mom's voice sometimes when you break the rules? When you think of having a nibble of chocolate before dinner? When you think of sitting down to catch your favorite show in the middle of your weekly cleaning? When your girlfriend calls to ask you to lunch but you have a to-do list a mile long?
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait to grow up so you could make your OWN rules? It happened! You're a grown up. You can make your own rules. You can have dessert first if you like. You can set aside your cleaning and watch your favorite show or go for a walk. You can meet your girlfriend for cocktails, coffee or lunch no matter what's on your list.
When you hear your Mom's voice in your head, gently remind her that in your house, you get to make the rules. If your Mom was anything like mine, she even told you that, remember?
Make new rules! Treat yourself! Grab a glass of wine, or whatever your favorite beverage is and give yourself 30 minutes tonight even if you don't have all your chores done. Choose to stay up late, or go to bed early. Take a nap, go for a walk, eat ice cream before dinner.
Pick a thing that makes you feel great, and do that thing just for you and nobody else.
I'd love to hear what your thing is... share in the comments below.