Wordless Wednesday – Des Moines Pedestrian Bridge

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Change Your Attitude By Changing Your Attitude

There was a day last week that didn’t start out the best for me.  I woke up tired and later than I wanted.  I had to write a large check (that I wasn’t thrilled about), and didn’t have time to pack a good lunch.

In short, a lot of little things were piling on and it put me in a bad mood.  That bad mood came to a head when I snapped at my daughter on the drive to school.  Looking back now, I can’t even tell you what it was that she said or did that ultimately set me off.

At that point I took a deep breath… realizing that wasn’t the type of behavior I wanted to model for my kids.  I apologized, said “I love you”, and waved goodbye at the school drop off.

Traffic Jam

Driving away I knew I needed to do something to change my attitude or the rest of day would be a train wreck.  I decided that I’d change it by choosing to change it.  I flashed a fake smile and did the Iowa “two-finger off the steering wheel” wave to everyone.

Crossing guard? Big smile and a wave.  People I didn’t know waiting at the red light next to me? Smile and a head nod.  The person parking next to me?  A smile and a “have a great day” as we exited our vehicles and headed towards different offices.

You’ve surely heard of the phrase “fake it until you make it”… well, that’s what I did.  I faked being happy and in a good mood until… you guessed it… I was in a good mood!

That’s right, by the time I walked into my office my bad mood was gone and my smiles and salutations were genuine.  It turned out to be a great day.

I’ll remember this exercise and experience the next time my day gets off to bad start.  I bet the results will be the same!

What do you do to get yourself out of a bad mood?

10 Worst Christmas Songs Of All Time

There are a lot of great Christmas songs… there are also some pretty bad ones.  I thought about it, looked through my Christmas music collection, and asked my friends their least favorites to come up with this list.

My apologies if I’ve slighted one of your favorites.  I hope we can still be friends.  🙂

10 Worst Christmas Songs Of All Time

10.  Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney – This song is ultimate Christmas ear worm.  Hear it once and you’ll be humming and singing it for hours… even though it’s a song you can’t stand.

9. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano – I used to like this one… until it became more about selling tacos instead of spreading Christmas cheer.

8. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey – Another Christmas ear worm.

7. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid – A song for a great cause. A song I liked when it was new…  Now? Not so much.

6. Last Christmas – Wham –  A bad tune about love gone cold.

5. Santa Claus And Popcorn – Merle Haggard – This is the song that led to this list.  It plays several times each day on the Muzak at my wife’s work and she pointed out how annoying it is.  Religious and commercial Christmas ideas are thrown together in haphazard fashion… perhaps just because they rhyme.

4. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy – I used to like this when I was younger.  Kids still love it.  I’m fine with hearing it once a year.  That’s it.

3. Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) – John Denver – I prefer my Christmas songs to be happy.  This one isn’t happy.

2. Christmas Carol – Skip Ewing – Another sad one.  At least it ends happy.

1. Christmas Shoes – New Song – Christmas shouldn’t be sad and depressing… which is exactly how I describe this song.

What Christmas song to you think is the worst of all time?