Monday met me face on and I spent the entire day covered in an extra hot americano that left my pants stained and my car smelling like coffee. I bounced back because that’s what I do and I fought the day with a good attitude. This morning I woke up, and stopped by my favorite spot to grab my team breakfast. The morning was looking like fabulous, unlike Monday. But just as I sat down to start my day and enjoy a class being taught by one of my rockstar team members I spilled an entire cup of coffee all over my pants and book bag. Even as I type this the coffee smell is still ingrained in my nostrils and fingers no matter how many times I’ve washed my hands. I want to say that I laughed it off and the day was a major win for my feelings, but that would be a major lie. I may have said some choice words in front of my team, jumped out of my seat and screamed, “Dear God, it’s only Tuesday!” I spent the rest of the day trying to get through my massive to-do list, trying to not be a debbie downer in front of my team, hiding out and honestly feeling a bit embarrassed that I allowed my humanity to be unleashed. As the hours past I pulled myself together and finished my day but the coffee smell has followed me as a reminder of the moment.
Life is full of these type of mishaps…you know the ones. The ones where you lose your vocabulary, or your faith, or your joy. The kind of moments that leave you a bit embarrassed and leave you with a small reminder of your failure. But the thing you have to keep in mind is yes, you may have spilled everything but it was only just a moment. A moment doesn’t define you, nor does it disqualify you. A moment is just a moment, its fleeting and if you can get through it, it can teach you something.
In my case it taught me that my vulnerability and brokenness will teach people more than my successes ever will. It’s okay to have a bad day, you’re human, you’re forever broken until eternity; but don’t let one bad day make you think you have a bad life.
perspective is everything.