Amy Rees Anderson

It’s Just a Bad Day, Not a Bad Life

At least that is what I am telling myself tonight. Today was…well….not the best day.  I was over at our new home construction site meeting with plumbers, electricians, framers, etc doing a walk through when I turned right smack into a huge wood beam that was setup to temporarily hold up one of the walls.  It wacked me right in the forehead, eye, and cut my nose.  I thought I was going to pass out at first, but I was able to regain my balance and my husband got me back home where I could lay down and get ice packs on my forehead to try and help stop the major goose-egg that was quickly growing and turning purple….no such luck…it looks like a mother goose went to town laying a few major eggs on my forehead and nose….ouch!

As I laid here with ice on my head and the room spinning in circles I thought to myself, “what a bad day this turned out to be.”

It’s amazing how we can wake up and have everything going just great and then in a matter of seconds something bad happens and turns our good day upside down.  It happens to all of us and sometimes it happens a lot and all in a row, thus the old saying “when it rains it pours”.  But all I can do is to remind myself that it was a bad day…but that doesn’t make it a bad life….

My life is blessed in so many ways.  Sure, my face is going to be all jacked up as I wait for the goose-eggs to go away and the bruises to fade, and that really sucks!  No way around it!  But even as bummed out as I am about it tonight, I still can’t deny that I have so much to be grateful for in my life.  And I am just going to try and stay focused on that, because when bad days hit that is the only way to get through them…focus on the positive.

And, when possible, try to have a little laugh.  My daughter found a bad day card at Hallmark once that she used to bring humor to a bad day her brother was having.  It read:

(on the front of the card)

“Hang in there…

Sometimes life hands you lemons, but then you can make lemonade.”

(inside of card)

“Of course, sometimes life pulls down your pants, runs a power sander across your naked butt, then pours lemon juice on your raw abraded buttocks.

In that case, a cool citrus drink wouldn’t really help but, darn it…you’ve got to hang in there anyway!”

Oh how humor can help put everything back into perspective for us! Nothing heals the saddened soul like a good dose of laughter will!

When you find yourself feeling discouraged, find something to make you laugh. A funny quote, a good joke, a silly picture, a good comedy on TV or a funny movie. And then LAUGH!

“When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.” ~Author Unknown

If things seem rough in your life right now or if you have been feeling discouraged….HANG IN THERE! And then find a reason to LAUGH! Oh, and don’t forget to make some lemonade

Here is praying for a better, injury free day tomorrow!



  • chintana says:

    Laughter is a good healer and wisdom is a guilders reminding us how blessing we are to be able to experience even Bad, painful experience and appreciate the Good one which make the joyful experience sweeter. By the way such thoughtful family you have. Thanks for sharing and wish you well soon.
    Be only your best self always,

  • vicki says:

    Dear Amy: I love your blog and it always makes my day. Work your finger around the goose egg starting around the edges and then towards the middle as the swelling goes down.
    Breathe while you are doing it and see the body healing. Talk to your body and give it permission to heal. I love you and some day would like to do a treatment on you. You are amazing and you always make my day and so many others. God bless you and take care.

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  • Martin says:


    I install cable and satellite tv for a living, and have had that happen several times. Each time it happens I vow that I will never be “that guy” again. Yes it is painful when it happens, and the bruises really do suck, and you are laying on the ground waiting for for the world to stop spinning, but it is the humbling god smack when you realize I am suppose to be an articulate educated adult human being and now I am one of the three stooges. As you rise you pray no one saw you and futilely try to gain your composure. Then the next human that you see makes eye contact and looks at you like you are an extra in a slasher film, and you realize it looks as bad as it feels.

    My deepest sympathy. I know exactly how you feel.

    On a side note though, this coincidentally happened to my ex when she worked at Fedex. In the warehouse, someone threw a package. She caught it with her face. Now she is a tough ex-navy vet, and she can take as good as she gets. However when we both went on our daily errands the next day together neither one of us expected what would happen. She happens to be 5′ tall and a petite Chinese woman. I weigh 230 lbs and look like suspect number two in every crime drama on tv. Every woman who saw us together holding hands was indignant. I slowly realized I looked like a wife beater, and she a broken willed victom. Now at first we both giggled at the absurdity of it all, because I would never lay a hand on her. However as the day moved on I fulley expected to be lynched by a mob or at least stopped by the police after a concerned stranger pointed us out. At the check of the grocery store, the checker told her, You do not need to put up with his abuse, do you need a place to stay? I was horrified, angry, insulted and understood all at the same time. Never felt that way before in my life. Vickie explained to her what had happened and what her job is, but the checker only half heartedly accepted her explanation. I will give her this, the checker was not afraid to stare me down or give an inch for Vickie’s safety. Impressed the hell out of me.

    Please, be conscious of any man you go arm in arm, hand in hand with for the next few days. He WILL incurr the wrath of a thousand condemning eyes.

    Heal soon, and keep up God’s work

  • Brennan says:

    Apply Arnica Gel on the goose bumps and bruised area and they should clear up quickly.

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