Thursday, February 11, 2010

Motivation when Down in the Dumps

So, a few days ago, I woke up in a bad mood. Nothing I could tell was particularly wrong, I was just grumpy and unhappy. The day just wasn't good. The feeling persisted through the day and into the evening. I know you aren't supposed to go to bed angry, but I wasn't particularly angry. Just pissy. The next day, the same thing. Just grumpy, pissy, frustrated, and quick to anger. I didn't know what the deal was.

I started throwing a pity party for myself, and really felt down in the dumps. I wasn't sure how to break out of it. Then I found two quotes that just changed the whole situation:

"Action is the Antidote to Despair." - Joan Baez

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do SOMEthing at once." - Calvin Coolidge

I don't know why they affected me so, but it was a complete reversal. In the course of maybe 90 minutes, I felt totally different. Engaged, excited, and eager for the next thing.

Did you ever have a similar experience? What reversed it for you?

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  1. When the glass is full, it's no use to fill it more. Now it's time to drink the water, enjoy it, integrate it.

    Thanks for your post. I need to remind myself of this daily.

  2. Glad you're not pissy anymore!

    Your TED videos usual help me turn a bad day around.

    Great post!