Hope to Harvest: Are bad days merely mental?

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by Ansley Zecckine – The Corsair

It all started on a Monday night. After a long day of school, I came home, and before going to bed, decided to exert myself on the living room treadmill. When the workout was over, a cute little migraine came along and decided to exert itself on me. I woke up the next morning with my head still hurting, and needless to say, not looking forward to going to school. So, I didn’t. I skipped class and later decided I’d be more productive with the day if I just went on in to work.

So, I did (sigh). As it turns out, that was the most unproductive day of work any of my co-buddies and I have had in a long time. I messed up, he messed up, that other guy watched us mess up, and even equipment decided to mess up. Oh yeah, and I almost died while trying to move a ridiculously tall piece of scenery for our current theatre production—I nearly forgot to mention that. By the end of the day, I was wishing I could erase it off my mental TiVo and just start a new episode, maybe a whole new season.

So, I did (well, kind of anyway). There were a few days in a row when I heard the same playlist repeated on the radio station while driving to school. It reminded me of a movie with Bill Murray in it where he keeps waking up to the same tune on the radio on Groundhog Day over and over again, reliving the same day. I thought, “What if I faced today as a second chance at living yesterday right, by carrying myself about with the right attitude and refusing to believe it was a day doomed from its bitter roots?” What I’m wondering is if the typical “bad day” follows the 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical rule.

Jesus said, “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man (Mark 7:15, 21).”

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

We often refuse to look at the good things about each day and immediately focus, or meditate, on the bad things instead. However, if the typical “bad day” is 90 percent mental and only 10 percent physically bad, that means that 90 percent of the day was actually good. Now that’s something to think about.