Usually Mondays are my least favorite day but not last Monday. I had a bunch of fun things planned for the week and I was excited to keep working on this blog. So, when my alarm went off at 5:45, I jumped out of bed and forgot to do my daily gratitude. I usually come up with 3-5 things I am thankful for before I start my day. Instead, I grabbed my phone and started going through emails. I have read over and over again that reading emails first thing in the morning is not the best idea, but I did it anyway. I deleted most of them quickly and then got to an important one about my blog. The email explained mistakes that I made on my website that needed to be addressed. As I was already starting to freak out, I realized that my blog posts scheduled for that day had to be updated immediately. As I am sure most of you do, I allow only enough time for my usual morning routine and I did not have time for this extra task. I was now panicking as I thought about how I could possibly get it all done.
As I headed downstairs to get my middle schooler fed and out to the bus, the dog started moaning at the back door. I tried to slide it open, but it seemed frozen shut. As I pulled a little harder, not only did the door open, but it came off the track. It was stuck open and wouldn’t budge. It’s February in Chicago, people! Temperatures that morning were in the single digits. The snow on the deck was blowing in and the frigid air was moving quickly into the house. Now what!?!?! I immediately called my husband to see if he could help over the phone. He said he should just drive home from work to fix it, but it would take him at least 45 minutes. The only thing I could think of to do in the meantime was cover the huge opening with old towels (cue the banjo music).
By 7:00am, I had the door covered, my 12-year-old almost out of the house, and my other two kids coming down for breakfast. I started feeding them and got their lunches packed. I grabbed my phone to see if there was a text update from my husband. I hit the screen, and nothing happened. It was completely black. I shut it down, restarted it, and then a message popped up that it had to be synced with iTunes. I have no idea what happened from there except that my phone was completely cleared of everything. By everything, I mean contacts, pictures, notes and hours of blog work. Please don’t ask me when the last time I backed up my phone was. Yep, this all happened before 8am. Really not a great morning.
I DID end up making the necessary changes in time. My husband DID make it home to fix the door. I did get SOME things recovered on my phone.
As I write about positive attitudes, just remember that my blog is called CHASING EASE not I AM AT EASE. I did get so upset that I wanted to cry. I am far from perfect. I don’t have life figured out. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that morning was my reminder that life will always give me challenges. We all have bad things happen in our day, even the girl who writes blog posts about being positive.
I am excepting the day for what it was. As hard as the day tried, it didn’t take me down. I am strong enough to get through the bad days and so are you. Let’s put our chins up and realize tomorrow is another day. I just hope it has a few less surprises:)