There is no other way to slice it: I got some bad news last week. I wanted to hear something good, but instead, I found out that something I really wanted is not possible. No details, since I’m sure anyone reading can relate. Add your own bad news in here.
I figure that a new week can mean one of a few things: I can use this week to dwell on the bad news, letting it take away my joy in my work. I can use the new Monday to distract me completely from my troubles and try to drown all of my sadness in busyness. Or I can acknowledge my losses and realize that I am still quite happy with large parts of my life. I will probably do some measure of each of these, since I’m not perfect and I have a… LOT. of emotions.
I think that there are people who can experience loss and negative news without having intense reactions or letting it affect them, but I am realizing more and more that when I do that, my emotions simply come out at inappropriate and strange times later. I’m better off letting myself feel my emotions fully, even if that means an afternoon of napping or a few tears, because afterward I’m always more level-headed and capable of making choices again.
I want to be the kind of person who is motivated to see each Monday as a new possibility, but I don’t want my readers to think that I don’t have a life that can be difficult as well. All the people who inspire me most are people who are productive and important in spite of great setbacks and sadnesses. Thus, I want to grow into the kind of person who receives bad news but isn’t sunk by that news.