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12 Ways to Mess Up Your Day

Updated on May 23, 2018
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Think Positive!

We would all like to peacefully sail through our days with no issues. We would like to awaken and anticipate the day will go as planned, with no hiccups. We would like the people we encounter during the day, to be friendly and not mean. We would rather the traffic be flowing, instead of stuck in a jam.

Well, I'm here to tell you to wake up and join the real world. Your day isn't always going to go the way you planned. There will be mean people. There will be other cars using the road. Your boss might be a bit bitchy. Your kids might be more whiny than yesterday. It's up to you on how to handle it.

You could complain on a Facebook status. Yes, do that. Complain on Facebook, because every one who is having a wonderful, stress-free day enjoys hearing you complain. Insert sarcasm. Every one has their baggage. It's just that some people feel better when they rant. While others just suck it up and move on. Either way, it doesn't make any one right or wrong.

So, how else could you deal with a messed up day? You could play a game that I enjoy, called "the flip side." When I'm dealt a low blow, I consider an alternative way to handle the situation. In other words I flip the negative into a positive. Hence, the flip side.

So, the next time you think that life sucks and you are yelling "why me!" take a deep breath and think of the many others who have it way worse than you do. Because trust me, there are many others who wish they had your problem instead of theirs. You just don't know about it, because they don't vent their frustrations.

When they are faced with a messed up day, they find a way to flip it into a positive one. How about I give you some examples...

Shake It Off

  1. You awake to the sun shining through the curtains and the sounds of birds chirping. You are feeling energized after a good nights sleep. You are looking forward to the day ahead of playing tennis and a luncheon with friends. You leap out of bed to hit the shower, but instead, you stub your toe on the bed post. Ouch! The pain is overwhelming and you watch as your toe begins to turn shades of purple. Might just want to get some ice, stay in bed, order pizza and watch a tennis match on ESPN.
  2. Nothing like a good cuppa joe in the morning to awaken your sleepy peepers. Except when instead of placing coffee grinds in the pot, you use cat litter. Just Ew! Starbucks to the rescue.
  3. Your kids are uncontrollable. No matter how much you try to quiet them down they just get louder and well, are being kids. You, are about ready to flip your lid, but instead you flip the situation. You get loud. You make noise. Your kids look at you with a confused expression. They then simmer down, out of concern for their flipped out mama. Well played, mom, well played.
  4. The boss is taking heat from corporate because production is low. He's about to blow. This isn't looking good for the staff. How about you suggest a round of Jose Cuervo to get every one motivated? Or, at least just give your boss a hangover to simmer him down.
  5. Once again you are stuck in traffic at the toll booth. The cars are moving slower than molasses. You will not allow your frustration to mess up your day. Instead, once you get to the toll booth you will pay for the next 5 cars behind you. Wear that smile proudly.
  6. You recently placed a photo of your hot girlfriend on your dashboard, which also mistakenly happens to be blocking your fuel gauge. You don't realize this until you run out of gas. Oops! While waiting by the side of the road, for your hot girlfriend to rescue you, you could think of how you are going to propose. One day. Now wouldn't be a good time.
  7. You are awaken on a Sunday morning by your neighbors dog, who is barking, once again. It's your time to sleep in, just not fair. Instead of sleeping, why not go check on the dog? You find his water bowl empty. You fill 'er up. You comfort him. Your neighbor appears, he is hung over, once again. You suggest that you adopt the dog, he scratches his beer belly and agrees. You have a new pup and your drunk neighbor goes to rehab.

Let It Go

8. You finally get to wear the leather boots you spent an entire paycheck on. You are outdoors strutting your stuff, on top on the world, when a torrential downpour could sulk in the rain or you could take those boots off, and dance in the rain instead.

9. Your smart-phone takes a tumble into the toilet. Oh, that is never good. There should be a sign on all restroom doors, "No Smart-Phones Allowed." But, poop happens. On the flip side, you don't have to stress out about responding to texts or emails since your phone is being hung out to dry.

10. Once again your family is running late. Every one overslept because you forgot to set the alarm on your phone. Not a good way to start the day. Husband and kids rushing around causing you to spin in circles until you are dizzy. Blow the whistle and call for a time out. Announce that you all are playing hooky and going shopping for individual alarm for each bedroom. This way you are no longer responsible for the family to rise and shine. See, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

11. You are jogging on your favorite trail, being one with nature when you realize that you forgot today was your anniversary! Impossible, you never forget anything! Come on, be real now. We all forget something important on occasion, just rarely an important occasion. No could do this! You quickly make a reservation at the restaurant of your partners choice. You then pick up a nice gift. All set...ready to celebrate. Until your partner texts you to say they'll be late due to a meeting, don't wait up. This would be a good time to reconsider this relationship.

12. You finally have a day to yourself. You have been anticipating the solitude all week long. Time to rejuvenate and pamper yourself. While sipping a cup of chamomile tea, the doorbell rings. You hold your breathe, as to not make a sound and pretend you aren't home. The person at the door is persistent. You think, it might be important. As you open the door and see your talkative, annoying neighbor standing there yapping a mile a minute. A smile freezes on your face. She has the day to herself and heard that you were solo so why not spend the day together. You are still in a trance as she continues to chatter on about the neighborhood gossip. You contemplate passing out, but you know she would just give you some smelling salts as she is still talking. Hmmm. What to do...after a few minutes, excuse yourself to use the bathroom, place some pale color powder on your face and fake a headache. And nausea. And vertigo. Hopefully she gets the hint. If not, toss in a few coughs. That will get her moving towards the door. Place a sign on your door, "Do Not Disturb." Now, enjoy your day.

How do you handle a messed up day?

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    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Carson City

      Linda.....Fancy meeting up with DJ.....right here on your hub about things that can ruin your day!! LMAO.......Fortunately, our little Southern Belle usually brightens my day and makes me laugh! Ya gotta have a sense of humor...that's all there is to it.

      Both you & well as a few other "crazy ladies" around here, simply MAKE MY DAY!!

      So many things can ruin our day, it's a full-time job to avoid the pitfalls!!......I love your attitude!

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      DJ Anderson 

      6 years ago

      Great article pointing out that we go through some bad times, but we can and do rebound.

      I love Taylor Swift's video. I can see that I need to be working on my twerking skills. Know where I can find some 3X Daisy Duke Short shorts?? It is never too late to learn new skills, don't you agree? Why, this could be the start of an entirely new career.....back up dancer for

      BIG NAME stars. BIG BOOTY FOR BIG STARS! I could start my own

      dance studio. I need to find that rapper who sings, "I like big butts, I cannot lie." Yep, I can see my butt in the night stars. It's gonna give an entirely new meaning of seeing the "Big Dipper!!" LOL

      Love you, girl.


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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      Absolutely positively awesome, Linda.

      Life really really really is too short to let the 'stuff' that enters each of our lives steal one moment of any day.

      Deal with whatever it is and MOVE on....Too much living to do to let the stuff that is usually inconsequential pop in and spoil our lives.

      Angels are on the way to you once again... ps Voted up++++

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      6 years ago

      We never open the door to strangers. One problem solved! Not only does it save a restful day, it negates those pesky home invasions.

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      Jeannie Marie 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These things can certainly ruin a day... but at least they make for a good story afterwards. :-)

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      The best part of your twelvle ways is that we've all been there. You are so intuitive! Keep this up and you could be the reincarnation of Erma Bombeck (and yes, I know I've said this before).

      Voted up, useful, and funny.

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      7 years ago from California

      What a wonderful chuckle this gave me. Thank you! I tend to try to find the humor in things, It makes it easier.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      7 years ago from Florida


      Reading your work is like having bottled sunshine---once the lid is off everyone feels happy and warm again.

      I love your cheerful voice in each word you write, and it is a joy to have the time to read your hubs.

      Have a great week.

      Your friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Our backyard neighbors have barking dogs that begin early in the morning when they are kicked out of the house, I guess. The don't care if it's Sunday morning or any other day!

      Thanks for this comical Hub. BTW: Congrats of winning the Hubbie award for the cheerist! You deserved that one.

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      Nick Deal 

      7 years ago from Earth

      I've had the torrential rain happen when wearing new suede shoes. Gosh, that sucked.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      7 years ago from On Planet Earth

      Hey sunshine i think sometimes its better not to answer the door, ha ha ha or if you see your neighbour calling your phone just put it on silent in that way you can always say you did not hear it.

      OOOPSY my phone fell in a canal of water about three weeks ago , boy was that phone tripping and snapping pics by itself all the time. You know what i was eventually happy to get a rest from annoying people. he he he. Kudos to the phone falling. I blow dried it and now it seems to be working okay :).

      Have a great sunshiny day deary!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome hub and a great list! Enjoyed reading and voted up. With your tips am sure we can turn a messed up day a great one.

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      Cecilia Karanja 

      7 years ago from Nairobi

      This is a really good list. I'll be looking at it every time I have a feeling that my day could not get any worse if only to assure myself that it could actually be.

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      Good Morning, Miss Cheerful.....I thought of you first thing this morning, when I awoke my usual a.m. persona, "Miss Grumpy," repeating my mantra...."I just wanna go back to bed." :(

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you, MM for the Four-peat cheer! Miss Cheerful appreciates you! :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Woot woot...CONGRATULATIONS, Sunshine!

      The Hubbie Award for most Cheerful has your name all over it... F O U R times...2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014...!! Some thangs really are perfectly aligned in the universe!

      Love you, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you, Effer! Hip Hip Hooray! :))

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      Well now....I know something tat can make your day GREAT.......Wonderful......Happy.......How about winning a 2014 Hubbie Award for most cheerful?? Way to go, GF!! Congratulations. You deserve it! So proud of you!......Woooooooo Heeeeeeee!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I love your positive thinking on this post. I find laughter is the best way to handle a completely screwed up day. Humor is so healing.

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      7 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Your Bitstrips are so cute. Well, I sing in my head and turn it around, walk away or drive around aimlessly even if I'm already in my PJ. :)

      BTW, #9 happened to me and what did I do? Sing to the tune of "Let it Go, Let it Go...turn away and slam the door". Lol!

      Love your energy specially on a Monday morning which happens to be my weekend.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very entertaining read and I can relate to some of them. I like the humor element in this hub. Thanks!

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      Paula Atwell 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Hmmmm. . . I resemble this post. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I had to laugh out loud and the kitty litter/coffee mix up. I must say I've never, ever done that! Of course, I don't keep the litter in the kitchen, either.

      I love this humorous look at having a bad day. Thanx for the chuckles, Linda!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Poop certainly does happen, as a matter of fact almost every day. If we can't find a flip side we need to laugh about as much of it as we can. Since there's nothing else to do, why not laugh?

      This hub was great (as always) oh Queen of Lists.

      Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 years ago from SW England

      It's good to have a laugh and then just get on with it, I think.

      Love the examples. Have experienced a few of those myself, especially the toe!


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go, DDE.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Just Ew, Audrey! I don't drink coffee, but a friend of mine almost did that...

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I couldn't agree more, Flourish. Laughter is truly the best medicine.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Catherine, A day at the beach is a great comparison!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      People make their days good, bad or messed up. I laugh about the situation to avoid any more hassles.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Pahrump NV

      There's nothing better than a 'cup of sunshine' to lighten a messed up day. Terrific list (had a good laugh with #2). UABI and sharing.

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      7 years ago from USA

      It's perfect that you chose the Frozen theme to go with this list. Let it go, let it go. Once you've faced Really Bad Health Problems it's funny how little things become manageable.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      7 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Funny and as good for the spirit as a day on the beach.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ouch, Nell! I hope you heal asap! I used the Bitstrips app on my iPhone to make the's fun to express yourself via a comic strip :)

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Lol! thanks for making me laugh, smile and grimace all at the same time! yes my foot hurts, yes I dropped a bottle of contact solution on it, then after it turned my toe nails blue I finished it off nicely with a cup falling off the draining board and hitting the self same darn sore spot! but hey, I smiled, hopped, bandaged, yelled, oh yes I yelled, and then told the family. They laughed! well, at least it made their day! LOL! I am hearing you here! great hub linda! and I love the pictures! you are going to have to show me how to do it, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      swilliams, Great plan!! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bill, Ouch to Bev. I hope her purple toe is better real soon!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Effer, I was far from a Girl Scout, but I do like to be prepared :)

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      7 years ago

      I laugh a lot and then I blog about it. Good article! Voted up and tweeted out!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bev just did #1, but luckily it was at the end of the day. :) Love the list...I do believe I've done most of them at one time or another.

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      Linda Sue.....I'm afraid I have to admit that some of these scenarios feel uncomfortably familiar. Crazy, isn't it, how very seldom does a day get through to the end without some kind of mishap or hiccup?

      Your ideas for bouncing back are original and positive....which is exactly what I'd expect from our Ms Sunshine.....I mean, what the heck? If we're destined to meet up with one unpleasant surprise after another.....we NEED to carry around a bag of Fix-It-Tricks!

      You must have been a Girl Scout, because it looks to me like you're "Always Prepared!!" Thanks for the tips....Up++++pinned, shared & tweeted.


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