How to Get Through A Bad Day

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Score: Piano Guys || Desert Symphony (Southern Utah’s Lanscape) There will be bad days… Be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly… Let go. Be confident. Know that ‘now’ is only a moment, and that if today is as bad as it gets, understand that by tomorrow, today would have ended. Be gracious. Accept…

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Score: Piano Guys || Desert Symphony (Southern Utah’s Lanscape)

There will be bad days… Be calm.
Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly… Let go.

Be confident.

Know that ‘now’ is only a moment, and that if today is as bad as it gets, understand that by tomorrow, today would have ended.

Be gracious.

Accept each extended hand offered, to pull you back from the somewhere you cannot escape.

Be diligent.

Scrape the gray sky clean. Realise that every dark cloud is a smoke screen meant to blind us from the truth, and the truth is, whether we see them or not, the sun and moon are still there and always, there is light.

Be forthright.

Despite your instinct to say “It’s alright, I’m okay”, be honest. Say how you feel without fear or guilt, without remorse or complexity. If you think for one second no one knows what you’ve been going through, know that you are wrong. The long drawn and heavy breaths of despair have at some point, been felt by everyone; pain is part of the human condition and that alone makes you legion.

Life is going to come at you armed with hard times and tough choices. Your voice is your weapon, your thoughts, ammunition. Be aware that as the moment passes, it exists now as then. So be a mirror reflecting yourself back and remembering the times when you thought all of this was “too hard” and you’d “never make it through”. Remember the times you could have pressed quit – but you hit continue.

Be forgiving.

Living with the burden of anger is not living. Giving your focus to wrath will leave your entire self, absent of what you need. Love and hate are beasts and the one that grows is the one you feed.

Be persistent.

Be like the weed growing through the cracks in the cement. Make life wonder how you’re still growing despite everything it’s flung your way.

Be resolute.

Declare what you accept as true in a way that envisions the resolve with which you accept it. There will be times when the world would weigh on you for so long it leaves you looking for an easy way out, moments when the drought of joy seems unending, instances spent pretending that everything is alright when it clearly is not. Check your blind spot. See that love, and hope are still there.

Be patient.

Every nightmare has a beginning, but every bad day has an end.

Ignore what others have called you. I am calling you friend. Make us comprehend the urgency of your crisis. “Silence, left to its own devices, breeds silence” so speak and be heard. One word after the next, express yourself and put your life in context. If you find that no one is listening, be loud. Make noise. ‘Hope’ in these situations is not enough and you will need someone to lean on. In the unlikely event that you have no one, look again. Everyone is blessed with the ability to listen. The deaf will hear you with their eyes. The blind will see you with their hands. Let your heart fill their news-stands; let them read all about it!

Admit to the bad days and the impossible nights. Listen to the insights of those who have been there and come back. They will tell you “you can stack misery, you can pack despair, you can even wear your sorrow but come tomorrow, you must change your clothes”.

Everyone has known pain.

We are not meant to carry it forever. So be certain in the belief that the pain that belongs to now will soon belong to then. When someone asks you “how are you? how was your day”, realise that for some of us, it’s the only way we know how to say “Be calm, you’ve got this.”

So, “Hi there, how are you? How was your day?”

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Responses

  1. TheWeird1
    Bad days, bad times, I just think “lots of people have it worse than I do” and bottle it up, then hide d bottle at d bck of my mind, far enough so only other extraordinarily bad things can reach it. And den I add dose ones to d bottle and throw it back. God help me wen dt bottle fills up.
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  2. Dr tee
    So I’m just reading this now that I need it the most…. I can’t even start to rehash how this day went… I literally wished the ground would open up and swallow me…. But then… Such is life….

    Going to sleep jare…. Tomorrow is another day

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  3. Aisha
    Tell those people that ill be broke and say “I am rich”. People cannot just be honest these days.

    Finally, my day was tedious. NEPA (or AEDC or whatever) refused to behave. Had to hand wash my clothes.

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  4. Aisha
    Tell those people that will be broke and say “I am rich”. People cannot just be honest these days.

    Finally, my day was tedious. NEPA (or AEDC or whatever) refused to behave. Had to hand wash my clothes.

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