Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blue Day

shell bag
It’s been one of those days-the kind that leaves you  feeling defeated and discouraged.  When I have a day like today-I have to find a way to regain my sense of emotional balance-zero myself out, so to speak.   So, I  am going to blow my own horn for a minute and talk about a recent accomplishment that I am proud of, and when I  think about it, the world seems ok again.

A few years ago I bought a cute 1940’s vintage bag. I loved the style, but it was a pretty complicated design.  My goal was to try to figure out how it was made without tearing it apart. Many times I studied it, and tried to imagine how it was put together, but I  just couldn't grasp it.

“Spatial relations” are not my strong point.  Geometry?  I had a headache that day.  In high school, a math teacher once asked me to drop his class.  He said he didn’t have the time or patience  to help me understand what he was teaching because he thought I was a lost cause.

But I’ve come to realize  that I need to give myself  a little more credit,  and that  I  shouldn’t  dismiss a challenge because I automatically assume I will fail.

I figured that bag out-and I am still patting myself on the back. (That's my version pictured above.)  And every time I feel the way I did today, I recall what I can do.

What works for you when you have one of “those” days?


  1. It's amazing what we can really do when we set our minds to it. Your vintage bag has such an intriguing design, I love the shape. When I have one of those days, a long walk helps set things straight with me. I'll talk it out with my daughters, or just enjoy my surroundings and relax, and afterward all is well again :)

  2. Thanks Joanne,
    Long walks and time with Amy definitely help too:) Today will be better!

  3. I loathed geometry. I simply could not figure it out and I spent many a night crying on my dad's shoulder (he is a carpenter, so he was flummoxed with why I simply COULD NOT understand it).

    Good for you for not giving up and figuring it out. You deserve a good pat on the back! And some chocolate...

    On blue days, if the weather is nice, I go on a nice, long nature walk. If not, then I journal and try to figure out why I'm feeling the way I do. That usually helps.

  4. I count the things I am thankful for.

  5. Great ideas, both of you.
    Watching an old movie helps too-I feel like I am living in the wrong era sometimes, so I find old movies comforting:)