Run The Day

The Tuesday back from a 3-day weekend is not very forgiving.

I suffered a minor annoyance early in my day (when I realized a document I worked on last week didn’t save, rendering an hour of my time useless) and my colleague was quick to provide me with a few nuggets of advice:

  1. Take a breath
  2. Let it go
  3. Move on

She didn’t actually list them off like that, though. Instead, they trickled out as I heaved mulitple sighs and SMH’d over the dumb occurrence.

The point is, it’s stupidly easy to let the little things weigh you down. I can spend hours obsessing over a weird, passing comment someone made to me. I probably would’ve spent my whole day stewing if I didn’t have a coworker gently tell me to get over it.

In practice, avoiding the small stuff that gets under your skin so easily is tough. But it’s a rewarding battle. There’s a sign hanging above my desk that reads “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

I think Tuesday won this time.

By Kathryn

KATIE is a twenty-something held together with iced coffee and her wits. She writes personal confessions and pop culture chronicles.

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