Have you ever had one of those days? You know, those days when it seems that everything that can go wrong does? I had one of them this week.
My “one of those days” was on Wednesday. It seemed from the minute my feet hit the floor, things started to go wrong. There were no huge catastrophes or devastating events, just a seemingly constant barrage of minor inconveniences and irritations.
I fought hard to stay positive the entire day. I tried not to let the negativity of the day bring me down, but as the hours dragged on my willpower dwindled. I drove home, exhausted, hungry and frustrated feeling that the day and its negativity had won.
Just as I was about to throw in the towel and concede defeat, the road I was traveling made a turn to the West. Ahead of me, I saw the final rays of a breathtaking sunset. The entire western sky was filled with gorgeous hues of pink, purple and gold.
I drove forward, admiring the beauty of the brilliantly painted sky in front of me. As I watched the final moments of the sun wash away the day, I felt my day and its stresses and frustration washing away too. I felt encouraged by the knowledge that tomorrow the sun would return and bring with it a new day. This dismal, dreary day had not won. It was over and I had survived.
As I drove the last few miles towards home, I contemplated my day, the sunset and the new beginning and hope that tomorrow held. I thought about how our lives are filled with new starts, new beginnings and new opportunities.
We will have bad days. We will have days where everything seems to go wrong. We will make mistakes, poor choices and bad decisions. We will have our feelings hurt and our hearts broken. No matter how long and difficult these bad days or times may seem, they will eventually come to an end and the sun will set. We will have the opportunity for a new beginning, a new day.
There will be magnificent sunsets and there will be even more magnificent sunrises ahead for us. We just have to keep moving, continue to have hope and survive the day.
Oh, and by the way, the next morning, the sunrise was glorious….