Saturday just felt good.
The forecast for wet and dingy weather was instead a reality of warm, dry, beautiful sunny skies. The fine weather was so infectious that I couldn't help but feel warm and sunny on the inside too. My great mood translated into a smile on my face, boundless energy and a longer tether of patience than I usually have when out and about running errands.
My inner happiness was met with smiles and pleasant banter through my travels. A stranger saying "Oh, go ahead of me in line you have much less than I do" a cashier complimenting me on my handbag and asking where I got it (the Tillary of course!) and an overall air of kindness and well being surrounded my every move.
Coincidence? I think not....
A while back I was zooming around Target with my shopping cart in a rush and generally irritated by everyone who kept getting in my way. And everyone was getting in my way that day. I noticed that I passed this same elderly gentleman a few times from aisle to aisle and each time he kept looking at me. He eventually approached me and said, "You are very beautiful. You would be a great deal prettier if you smiled though."
At first I bristled at his comment. Sure, I knew I was tearing through the place looking as irritated as I felt. I'm sure my exasperated sighs were more than audible when I came across those "aisle blockers" and slowpokes who were hampering my rush. But, who was this man to pass a comment or even care?
In reality, I couldn't help but smile in response to his comment, blush a little and thank him for the compliment, however backhanded it may have been. When I did smile, his face lit up and he pointed his finger at me and said, "Now that's what I am talking about!"
After having such an enjoyable day yesterday and seeing the warm response my great mood received from everyone around me it really got me thinking about how we project ourselves. Perception is reality 99% of the time, isn't it? Of course I am a realist and know that I will never be a Pollyanna type 100% of the time. But I also believe in mind over matter and the power of thought.
What I haven't told you all was that I was very cranky when I woke up yesterday. It was wet and gloomy out. I was tired and irritable and sat down for a few moments in quiet and decided that I was not going to spend my day feeling that way. The conscious choice for happiness is what truly righted my mood and the change in weather was an added bonus that simply complimented it.
Today is grey and colder. My house is messy and I woke up to dishes left over from last night. I thought I had finished doing all the laundry when the kids churned out another couple of loads they must have been hoarding somewhere in their rooms. But sitting here right now I am choosing to put a smile on my face, rally the troops to help me get this place pulled together so we can have an amazing day together like we did yesterday.
We don't know what will happen tomorrow, so why waste today?
How do you right your bad moods?
leather jacket: donna karan
scarf , earrings & jeans: express
sunglasses: banana republic