Playing The “Glad Game”

I’m learning how to do a new position at my job. You know how that goes, there is an undercurrent of stress while you learn new routines and flows and plenty of time to pull your hair out thinking “I have no idea what I’m doing.” So that’s my baseline these days, which is fine, it won’t be forever. The rest of my life is calm and nothing crazy is going on (HA!) but it hasn’t been too hard to manage.

Until today.

I felt a little out of whack when I got up for work this morning. I had a long day yesterday that ended with a frozen margarita and way too many tortilla chips and salsa (Man! I’m struggling with a clean diet lately) so I’m sure that had something to do with it. But then I spilled my cup of coffee all over the floor. Then I was thinking how happy I was that it was Thursday and that I am off of work on Friday, and NEWSFLASH: it’s only Wednesday. Buzzkill.

I got to work and had a minor computer setback that made me want to bang my head against the wall and I had trouble with a task that should have been really simple, but instead was a giant, hot and time consuming mess that didn’t resolve itself at all. And then I had to go run a meeting.

On the way to this meeting I was feeling really sorry for myself and what looked to be my impending Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very-Bad Day. It was 9:20 am and a week’s worth of stuff had gone wrong already so I was thinking about how I was going to tell everyone in the room that I was having a bad day and that I didn’t really want to be there and OHMYGOD I WAS SICK OF MY EXCUSES BEFORE THEY EVEN LEFT MY BRAIN.

Growing up my mom, a life long Hayley Mills fan, loved the Disney movie Pollyanna. She did her best to make me love it too but unfortunately I’ve never really been a Pollyanna kind of gal. Even as a child I sort of rolled my eyes at that type of unbridled optimism, and I rolled my eyes even harder when I’d be in a sad mood and my mom would say “Let’s play The Glad Game!” Do you know this game? If you feel sad, you just list all of the things you are glad about and it just makes it all go away.

Oh, Pollyanna, LIFE IS NOT THAT SIMPLE.

So obnoxious sounding, right? Except that on my way to that meeting I stopped and gave myself a little bathroom pep talk and damn it if I didn’t just stand there and list all of the awesome things I am grateful for today. And you guys? IT WORKED. Polly — frickin — Anna worked. And I walked into that meeting and smiled. And I walked out and felt accomplished and no one had to listen to my bad attitude. And all of a sudden, the entire tone of my day has changed. I had a great conversation catching up with a coworker, a friend asked me if I wanted to go out to lunch, I got a nice message from Garrett on my voicemail when I got back to my desk, and it feels like a fresh start.

Since it’s so close to Mother’s Day I had to share this for my mom’s sake. You win, Mom. The Glad Game worked, okay? But more immediately…has your day started off on the wrong foot? Quick, tell me three things you’re glad about right now! See what happens. Play The Glad Game. You know you want to…

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6 comments to Playing The “Glad Game”

  • AndreAnna
    May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    My day started off on the wrong damn leg, let alone foot.

    Instead of listing them (and, believe me, they are listable), I will tell you what I am glad about, as you requested in hopes that some Pollyanna juju will change my day around.

    1) My workload right now is manageable; I am even a bit ahead and can take a day or two off without freaking out.

    2) I really like this new pink dress I bought and I can wear it with a normal bra and that, my friend, is life-altering.

    3) Lots of new books to read that came out I want to read!

  • sizzle
    May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I needed this!

    1) I am glad we have the financial means to buy a house regardless of how stressful it is.

    2) I am glad that I have a fiance who loves me just as I am.

    3) I am glad that I have a job with a flexible schedule.

  • Joann
    May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I am glad:

    1. I have a daughter to celebrate her first birthday with this weekend.

    2. I am getting free tuition at my place of employment.

    3. I’m not sick this week with some random, daycare spreading, horrible sickness.

  • Erin
    May 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

    1. I am proud of myself for making time to work out, instead of making excuses.

    2. I am thankful for steady employment and the ability to work a somewhat flexible schedule.

    3. I am thankful for my parents, especially my mother, who has been my rock the past few weeks in dealing with some difficult personal stuff.

  • Steph
    May 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    1. I am glad that even though I am too sick to work out I can still go for a walk with a friend tonight!
    2. I am glad that I have awesome Friday plans!
    3. I am glad that being sick gave me the excuse to take a long, hot bath in the middle of the day! :)

  • Home Sweet Sarah
    May 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Duuuuuude, I totally spilled my coffee all over the bathroom counter yesterday morning. ‘Twas awful.

    But! Three good things!

    1. I’m off work Friday and we’re going to San Diego! Then I’m off work Monday, but I get to spend the day at home, relaxing and god help me, GOING FOR A RUN, FINALLY.

    2. Chris made me a sandwich for lunch, so now I don’t have to go buy anything and can sit in the park and eat and read my book.

    3. We’re having taco salad for dinner. YES THIS IS MAKING ME HAPPY AND I KNOW I DON’T NEED TO EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU.

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