"I can't believe this is happening! Nothing goes right for me! If it's
not one thing it's another," he said.
"Are you empty yet?" I asked.
I'll admit it. I've done it before. I may very well have done it
recently.Maybe you have, too. I reach a boiling point when things seem to be piling up on me. You know, one of "those" days.
I had a gentleman speak to me after one of my presentations. He went on to tell me about how terrible his day was.
"I woke up this morning and immediately stubbed my toe. I knew right
then, it was going to be one of those days," he said.
"I bet it was," I replied.
"Yes, yes it was. I spilled my coffee, I was late for work, I caught my
overcoat in the car door and dragged it for miles. It was filthy," he
"I had one of those days, too. You see, this morning when I woke up I
was grateful I was alive. God gave me another chance to enjoy life. I
came downstairs, had a good breakfast, drank my coffee without spilling it. Then I said, "It's going to be one of those days! And it was. It was absolutely great," I told him.
Then I waited for a moment and watched his face.
"You know what? I think that day was the same day that you had "one of those days." I don't understand. It was the same day, same 24 hours, but your day was not so good and mine was great. I wonder why?"
"I guess you were on the list," I said.
"Oh, God has a list of people who are scheduled to have one of "those" days. That was yours. So, you should be good for awhile," I said smiling.
He scratched his head as he thought about what I said.
"Are you empty yet?" I asked him.
"Sometimes we get so full of negativity that all we can see, all we
choose to see, are the things that are wrong in our life. We become so
full of those negative thoughts that it spills over into our day.
Normally we respond to it by pouring it out all over and then we never
get to see anything good. That is until we are empty."
He sighed and said, "I'm empty. You are right."
"The challenge is to wake up and fill your mind with thanks, even if
you stub your toe. If you were dead, you wouldn't feel that."
I read this quote by Carol McKiernan: "Death happens in a moment of
time. All the rest is living."