I told my wife that I was in a really bad mood, and she asked, “Do you think you’re going to lose it anytime soon?” Indignant, I shot back with, ”I don’t think I’m going to ‘lose it’ at all!” She just quietly said, “The mood; do you think you’re going to ‘lose’ the mood?” Oooooppps! So much for maintaining any semblance of dignity in THAT interaction! So, here are three simple points that you might want to keep in mind about “bad moods”. First, never announce that you’re in one to begin with; it’s plainly obvious anyway. Second, never trust the “interpretations” that come with a “bad mood”. You’ll feel quite right and even righteous in what you think, but you’ll act out in the midst of being very wrong, and wish you hadn't. Third, never defend your “honor” while you’re in a “bad mood”; it probably won’t turn out to be very “honorable” after all. "Bad moods" are real, and "bad moods" are human, but here's what I think. It might take a little bit of time and energy to quietly dismiss “bad moods”, and then, to cultivate “good moods” instead; but the dividends will always be sweet.
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