Welcome to this week’s Blog Hop! This week’s topic is presented by—well, actually, I don’t know, because they didn’t give their name. But here you go!
I love daily mantras, they get me through the day and almost always gets me through tough times. What gets you over the hump of a really bad day?
I don’t think I’ve ever recited a mantra in my life. I can understand their usefulness—having something to focus on can certainly centre you and help calm your soul. But I’m more of a “do something” person. When something is going wrong or I’m having a bad day, I like to take action to make it better.
That’s not to say I don’t have some sayings that I use to remind myself to just breathe when the going gets tough. One of my best bosses used to deal with issues by saying “As long as it’s not our fault.” He wanted us to know that, as long as we’d done our best and hadn’t been the cause of the issue, not to sweat it. If it was our fault, we were expected to own up to it, of course, but it is easy when you are leading a team to take all the blame onto your own shoulders, and that way lies madness.
My favourite saying, though, when things go awry, is “nobody died.” I mean no disrespect to people who have gone through the horrible loss a loved one, but I use it to bring things into perspective. When I make a mistake or a client is angry or a job doesn’t get done on time, I take a deep breath and remember what’s really important. Usually that’s enough to get me off the ledge and handle the problem without becoming too emotionally involved.
What about you? What helps you get through a bad day? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Then be sure to hop over to Jenna Da Sie and see how she copes with life.
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