I got up this morning, took a bath, got dressed, and poured myself a bowl of cereal. I sat down and proceeded to dump half the bowl in my lap and on the floor. Annoyed, I set the bowl down and ran to the bathroom where I tried to towel dry my pants. I quickly realized that there was too much milk on them and they were going to have to be washed. I pulled them off, sprayed them with stain remover, and dumped them in the washing machine. I pulled another pair of pants out of the closet and turned on the iron. As I quickly ironed the wrinkles out of the pants I thought to myself, "Well, I can see how this day is going to be already."
If I'd accepted my thought as truth it could have been a self fuilfilling prophecy. I would've left the house in a terrible mood, convinced that the day was shot. Instead, I said to myself, "Wait a minute. Am I really going to let this ruin my day?" I thought about how ridiculous that would be, to literally "cry over spilt milk." The morning's mishap hadn't been an omen fortelling the awful day that lay ahead. It had been an accident, plain and simple.
I thought this was a good example of how what we tell ourselves influences how we feel. I continued to be annoyed as I ate my then-soggy cereal. I was even a bit annoyed when I left the house. By the time I got to work, however, I was feeling ok and I believe that the rest of the day is just going to get better from here on out.