Monday, 21 May 2012

A Bad Mood is Contagious

Have you ever been in a “bad mood” but didn’t really know why?  By bad mood I am referring to feeling slightly angry, slightly sad, slightly disappointed, and greatly ill-humored.  Fortunately this occurs only on rare occasions but none the less I feel as though I have been inhabited by a being from another planet.  A planet my wife would probably be glad to send me back to.

Most of us have some contact with the outside world and when we have the “grumpies” we affect those with whom we come in contact.  It doesn’t help when my wife who truly wants to help me say’s “What’s the matter?”  The natural response of man is “nothing”, which is a complete sentence.  No self respecting wife would accept that cop-out.  So as she probes gently I begin to get ticked that I’m ticked for no apparent reason.

So I do what man does best – I either withdraw or fabricate something that sounds plausible such as “I’m anticipating that the DOW industrial averages are going to drop over a hundred points today.”  Or, “As I reflect on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, I’m having a hard time reaching the same conclusion.”

Here is what I am learning at my advanced age.  If I am feeling snarly and don’t know why the best thing I can do is to take it to the Lord.  I love Ps. 139 which ends with “Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

The next thing I can do is to praise God for who he is, thank him specifically for my wife, my children, and how he has cared and provided for our needs.  It is amazing how the grumpies seem to disappear.  

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