Roadblocks and Setbacks

Roadblock , Do Not Enter, DetourEver had one of those days where absolutely everything goes wrong? You know, a day full of roadblocks and setbacks, enough to make you feel like you just can’t do anything right. That was yesterday for me.

Setback 1: It started early with oatmeal, of all things. I’ve cooked it the same dependable way for years but yesterday it turned out watery for some reason. An attempt to fix the problem then turned my oatmeal into a substance similar to concrete just before it hardens.

Setback 2: After arriving at work, a trip to the restroom and a look in the mirror revealed a stain on my sweater in a color I could not identify, remove or hide. Was the concrete oatmeal to blame?

Roadblock 3: A project I have been conceptualizing, writing and obsessing over for the last two and a half months got shot down, forcing me against my will back to square one. I could see the fireball and smoke for miles in every direction.

Setback 4: While attempting to operate a fire extinguisher in my brain, I forgot a parent teacher conference scheduled immediately after work and was reminded by the frantic “Where are you?” phone call ten minutes before the appointment time.

Roadblock 5: A pounding headache kept me from focusing on the conversation after arriving late to the parent teacher conference.

Obviously, I was in a serious funk and needed some help to get over it. I tried a few strategies, all with varying degrees of success or failure, depending on how you look at it.

  1. Sugar fix – a mound of leftover Halloween candy was my first line of defense. The Snickers are all gone and the sugar high quickly became a sugar crash with guilt leaving me in worse shape.
  2. Couch Potato – an amusing family movie I’ve watched multiple times next distracted my thoughts as I snuggled under a blankie with my daughter for over an hour.
  3. Reading – After boredom set in and thoughts of my day started to return, I next retreated to the comfort of my bed with a poorly written young adult novel my daughter insists I must read “for the story.”
  4. Sleep – I finally gave up due to sheer mental and physical exhaustion and drifted into a dreamless stupor after reminding myself that tomorrow is a brand new day. I’ll come up with a damn good rebound strategy then.

How do you find inspiration to move on after an incredibly crappy day?

Brought To Our Senses family saga novel by Kathleen H. Wheeler