Thursday, December 15, 2016

From Dreary to Cheery: Choosing Your Mood

By Richard Kent Matthews - eBook Author | Career Coach | Speaker

Your mood, your call. It's all in your hands... 

Sometimes I wake up in the morning in perhaps not the best mood. I have a long to-do list for today, much of it unpleasant, some of it I've put off for a while…a long while…and I know I can’t put it off any longer. 

I bury my head under the covers. Just a few more minutes of doze and I’ll get up, I murmur. Not a great way to get the day going, right?

This might even be one of those days for you. You might even take it out to some degree on those closest to you. 

The Mood You Choose

I would be the last person to tell you to simply change your mind and get over yourself. If you want to you will; if not, you won't. But I will suggest this: 

There is a place deep in your heart where you feel totally connected to all that is. It can seem difficult to reach that place when you’re feeling rotten, but it’s there nonetheless. It is a matter of choice. 

You can hang onto a bad mood; you can feel justified in doing so. And you already know that a slight shift in consciousness can turn the day around. The world begins to look different, better, even eager to have you as a part of it. And you don’t have to start off the day in a bad mood to make a deeper connection with that Place. 

So, with that in mind, whatever your mood, allow yourself to take a few moments to access that deeper part of yourself that knows how to lift your spirits. It knows how to bring you into a gentler state of mind and how to help you change your worst feelings into feelings of joy, wonder, and playfulness. 

It leads to a more generous space, a more prosperous space—physically, mentally, spiritually. And, at the end of those few moments, if you still decide that the bad mood is better, that it’s really where you want to be right now, that’s OK, too. Just as long as you recognize that it’s your call.

From Dreary to Cheery 

Life is happening at its best right here in this moment, in this place. It only takes a minor tweak in our outlook to turn a dreary day into the most powerful day of our life. 

This is the day that Love, Joy, and Gratitude have made. I can rejoice and be glad in it. Or I can go Bah, humbug! and feel sorry for myself.

It's always my call.

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