How about delight when your site gets hacked, your youngest child is vomiting and the dog ate your homework?

OK, so that’s not a title written from recent experience – thankfully none of my three have been sick for several months! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But you know those days when everything is going wrong? And you just want to crawl into bed and have the day be over already?

Or worse still, nothing’s going wrong per se. You just have so much going on, you can’t seem to find time to do everything and so you find yourself getting more and more frustrated as thing piles onto thing and urgh!

Am I really suggesting that busy is worse than a day filled with vomit?

You know what? I am.

Because the good thing about one of those ‘please just let me go back to bed and have it all be over’ days, is that you can wake up the very next day and it be sunshine and rainbows.

Unless you have more than one child. Because those viruses have a nasty habit of spreading through the whole family and you end up losing a whole week to the plague!

But even then, you know it’s just for a time.

You know that your children will get well. Your website will get fixed. The homework can be re-done.

It doesn’t last for day after day after day after day.

But the curse of busy? You can easily lose months to that.

Seriously. Because it seduces us into believing that what we’re doing is oh so important, vital even.ย And we kid ourselves that we must be moving forward in our business because we working so much.

Sometimes we just need to stop. Slow down a little. And really look at what we’re doing and why.

But whether it be the novo virus or the curse of busy, it is possible to find delight, even on the days when you feel like you barely have time to breathe let alone take a walk, a long soak in the bath, read a book or any other of those wonderful things we advocate for helping people smile each day.

Sometimes you’re going to need to be inventive. Allow yourself to laugh at the ridiculous. Giggle at the daft stuff, the stuff that makes your children titter. Be the person who finds the comedy moment. Improvise.

And if comedy is inappropriate for the kind of day you’re having, it’s time to bring out the big guns … gratitude.

What are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for?

One of my favourite ways of getting a dose of perspective when I’m having a ‘messy house, children squabbling while I’m trying to work, nothing seems to be right with the world’ kind of day is to take 15 seconds to smile to myself and remember that I’m thankful for my three (noisy) children, I’m thankful for a roof over my head (no matter how messy the contents) and I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to work from home so I get to enjoy being with them and seeing them grow up.

Thankfulness beats the blues, every time.

And now it’s over to you. Whether it be comedy gold or a dose of gratitude, remember that you can choose to find something to smile about in every day, even when the dog ate your homework!