Today a fashion-conscious acquaintance posted this as her Facebook status... "Hours spent on my hairdo... And then there was wind." I have to admit that it made me laugh. Life is so like that, isn't it? I washed my car... and then there was rain. I polished my furniture... and then there was a dust storm. I put on my nicely cleaned and pressed black pants for work... and then one of my long-haired furkids rubbed against my leg to say goodbye. I filled a Solo cup with ice and sweet tea... and then Tiggy decided to fish for the ice, tipping the whole cup off the end table in the process. I wore a shirt with wide black and white stripes... and then I spilled my lunch - on the white stripes of course!
It often seems like our best efforts and plans go haywire. Some days I can laugh it off and smile... like when Tiggy jumped off the table as the spilled tea flooded across her feet and onto the floor, and then did her best to look innocent. Then there are days when I am tired and it seems like just one more little thing going wrong is too much to bear - and I grumble and rumble and occasionally break into tears. That's called being human too. Later on I'm usually willing to admit that I might have overreacted a just a little bit.
I think the important thing is not so much that we handle every situation with dignity and grace, but that we are able to dust ourselves off and get on with life, and that we don't let it become bigger in our minds than it really is. God isn't angry with me if it rains on my clean car, and the bundt cake breaking when I take it out of the pan isn't truly the end of the world... "cake" happens. :-)
One more thing that it's important to understand at times like this... bad things happen to ALL of us - don't take it personally! Life isn't out to get me, it isn't only me that has bad things happen, I am not the most unfortunate person on the face of the earth! Everybody has things go wrong in their lives now and then; if someone appears to have the ideal life with no problems, they are probably just very good at keeping it to themselves.
Don't let the ups and downs of life defeat you, don't let tripping over a speed bump on the road be a reason to turn back, and don't let a difficult moment become an excuse for a bad day, or a bad week, or an unhappy life! Learn to laugh at yourself and the things that befall you... if you're life is anything like mine, you will never run out of reasons! :-)