Community, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Sayings – A Bad Day

Knowing your own darkness, is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people

– Carl Jung

Are You Having a Bad Day?

Recently a family member had a bad day. A really bad day.

Everyone has them.

Some are worse than others.

No matter how bad it becomes, a bad day is just a bad day, it is not a sentence. 

It’s painful for the person going through the mental pain and suffering of a bad day and can be equally as difficult for those supporting them. Unlike a physical injury or ailment, there may be no visible cause that is obvious to others. Some folks are driven to extreme actions to stem their mental anguish.

Bad times or adversity affect us and our mood. People do bad, hurtful things to others.

We have no control over what other people do. 

We CAN, however, decide not to let it affect who we are and where you’re headed, as this Native American proverb infers:

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness passing over your head, but you can prevent them from making a nest of your hair.

Native American Proverb

What We Can Do

  • Keep in mind that every bad day passes. What’s done is done and is in the past.
  • Acknowlege the setback and make adjustments to it.
  • Do not dwell and re-play the events over and over in your head, for this makes them a bigger part of your life.
  • Do not make it anything more than a bad day. 
  • Events may be terrible and inescapable at times, but you always have choice – if not when, then how, to proceed onward.
you always have choice – if not when, then how, to proceed onward.
You always have choice – if not when, then how, to proceed onward.

There is always a way to take the next step forward on the path you’ve chosen.  Be that minor or major. There are always options, always something you CAN choose to do.

This is where to direct your focus.

Early morning sunrise photography

Every day brings the prospect of new hope and new possibilities.

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.

Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Sunday Sayings give us Something to Ponder About

24 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings – A Bad Day”

  1. I’m sorry for the bad day. You are so right, it is our choice how we proceed. No matter how hard it is. There are also horrible days. Our family had a horrible August day this year, on account of visible injuries. These are also hard to move on from. Just not the nest… never the nest.

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    1. Thank you, dear Manja. Those horrible days linger in our mind for too long if we give them power by dwelling on them. At least that is what it feels like with me.
      I am also sorry to hear of your troubles back in August. I do hope all is well now. Did you mean that we shouldn’t move on from the nest, or were you referring to the proverb?

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  2. great images and thoughts – and sometimes bad days turn into a bad few days – or a bad week – and so my top quote here was

    Every day brings the prospect of new hope and new possibilities.

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    1. Sadly that is true, Yvette. Not just one bad day, and when we are having a bad day, it can spill over into thinking it has even been a bad year! That is where we will feel better if we concentrate on the present moment and not look back or too far forward, just the immediate now and want needs attention at this moment. Plan looking forward but live in the present moment.

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      1. Well said– especially “not look back or too far forward” and I know your blog is never religious or preachy (and whew – like that so much) but my faith in god is really what helps me on the hardest of days!
        Remembering what he had done in my life and just anchoring in that….

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  3. Dear Amanda, this is a very good post for me! So much for me to learn, to ponder about, and to grow with…

    For yes, I am that kind of person: if something does not go as I plan it in my head, then it is virtually the End Of The World… Sigh. I am blessed with patient folks around me… 😉

    Thank you so much!
    And have a happy week! 🙂 🙂
    And I will try to keep those pesky birds from nesting in my hair … too often 😉 😀 😉 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Elena. If my mumbling words mean something to one person, I will be glad. I also used to be just like you. The birds regularly made nests in my hair, but I have learnt how to keep them out! We are all on somewhat of a journey, don’t you think?

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  4. This is a great post but may I add that anyone feeling suicidal should see their doctor. Therapy and/or medication helped me tremendously. The thoughts don’t always go away but the treatment helps keep perspective.

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