For some of us, summer is ending. For others, (like me!) school has already started. Wherever you are in your schedule, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the new school year and the way you look at it.
I realize how difficult it can be to get excited about starting school again. I both love and hate the last week of summer. I am eager to get back to the structure of school and have something set to do each day, and at the same time I don’t want to say goodbye to the carefree lifestyle of summer.
Last week (my 4th week of school) seemed to be one of my worst high school weeks ever. I kept trying to figure out why. Nothing inherently bad had happened. I wasn’t failing any tests or subjects. I didn’t have any extra unwanted chores. In fact, there were several events going on that I enjoyed. So why did this week feel so terrible?
The answer? My attitude. I had taken the week before off when I went on a yearly retreat. Going back to school seemed tiresome and since I did not have any positive expectations about the week, I ignored the positive things that happened. In fact, I even felt like my younger siblings were being more annoying than usual. (Like that could even happen) 🙂
The point I am trying to make is that our attitude can turn a great week into a terrible week and a terrible week into a great week. Too bad I didn’t realize this till Friday. 🙁 Our circle of self-pity goes on and on. We feel terrible so we only realize the negative things that our happening. This makes us feel even worse and we dig our hole of “bad attitude” deeper and deeper.
Now I totally get that some weeks are going to be rough no matter how positive we try to be. But what about the rest of the time? Always remember that your day will only be as good as you expect it to be. You have the power to make it or break it. How do you want your day to be?