"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What bad mood?

“Man – I’m having one of those days. I knew it would happen eventually. I knew all of my positive thoughts and good vibes would waiver at some point. I’m not saying that they’re gone – they’re still there, relentlessly fighting to get back to the surface and kick this sullen mood I’m in.

For the most part, things have been good lately. I’ve been putting in a lot of time with friends, staying busy and trying to keep my mind occupied. I know that I have to deal with memories, thoughts and sadness – I know I can’t put those off forever. But sometimes they hit me so hard.”

I was in the process of writing this yesterday and never finished. As I sat there, struggling for the right words, a friend of mine called and asked if I wanted to come over and help her babysit her brother-in-law’s kids. So, having nothing better to do, I happily agreed. And you know what? That was just the thing I needed.

I had the best time with those adorable little kids. We laughed, played games and acted as silly as possible. By the time I left, I didn’t even remember being in a bad mood. I signed back into blogger this morning and saw that I had a draft saved – I couldn’t believe how drastically my mood had changed since then.

There was definitely a bit of magic in their laughter that brought me back to good spirits. There’s something about hearing a six year old tell you, “YOU’RE FUN!” that really makes things better.

And their charm has held. So far today, I’m upbeat and staying positive. Next time I’m feeling down, maybe I’ll ask to borrow them for awhile. It seems that playing make-believe, eating ice cream and having my hair “fixed” made all the difference in the world.

12 comments:

septembermom said...

Heather, I'm so glad that you're feeling much better today! Having fun with those kids was the best "medicine" :) When I have my silly moments with my kids, I enjoy all that smiling and laughing time.

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

yep sometimes the innocence of kids and their laughter and free spirits are all the medicine we need!!!

Trudy said...

Kids are wonderful that way, aren't they! I'm glad you're feeling better, I had one of those no good days yesterday too!

For me, there is no greater sound on this earth than children's laughter (especially babies)!

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...great minds think alike! As I am posting this comment ...you just left a comment on my blog about Mr. Gregory...I saw your comment pop us as I am writing!

I think we all have those days and I will also sometimes begin a post and save it as a draft only to come back and be able to finish it. I'm gladd it dended positive for you.

Dan

Kelly said...

It is hard to stay in a bad mood when surrounded by wonderful children. Your friends phone call was a little nudge from THE MAN UPSTARIS!!

Judge Fudge said...

I can achieve the same thing with beer...I'm kidding. The best way to forget about your troubles is to hang out with little people who don't have a trouble in the world.

Blog Stalker said...

Kids can sure brighten a room......but they can do the opposite also.....but usually only at home ""n ther emmnt"

Glad you are feeling so much better.

Great comment earlier...so far you are the one and only one to get it. lol

Savannah Reed said...

My dad always said that laughter is the best medicine. It really is. I have had stressful days and just one laugh made things better.

Kim said...

Heather, two things. Before I had Deaglan, I used to always marvel at how time is different when spent in the company of children. They have a way of focusing your perspective that is magical. I'm so glad you got to spend some time with kids. They are great soul food! Second, I think that when the sadness over losing Kevin comes, you need to just embrace it even for that few minutes. Cry or do whatever it takes because shutting things out will only make the feelings come again and again until you deal with them. You should write a few posts on how you feel. I think your readers would be interested in what you are going through. Breakups are such a universal hardship. When I was your age I went through a real doozey. I didn't come home from university for like three years in an attempt to hide and not run into the guy who left me for someone else - someone who he is married to now. I thought that I would never be okay. But I did come out the other side. Write about it. Feel it. Embrace it and then you will be able to set it free. Hugs!!

Jenners said...

It is true that sometimes just changing the scenery, being with children or doing something for yourself will make the bad moods just disappear. I'm happy for you, and I hope the good mood sticks around. I'm sure it is a bit of letdown from coming home from vacation!

Lacey said...

Kids have a way of making everything better, don't they? Pets too. Hang in there.

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