But then, I remembered the message of the week from class: Think positive, act positive. You can go through life expecting the worst, finding fault, and making excuses. Or you can get up in the morning and decide to make the most of your day. Either way, you get out what you put in, so if you want results (and don't want to embarrass yourself by bawling in front of the open toaster oven), choose wisely**.
So I chose to rinse out that empty jar of jam and make some more***. It was positively delicious.
* I was already distraught about the appalling state of incivility in our nation's capital. My sister and niece had left town. My son lost his lunch box on the very first day of school. So you can see that this was pretty much the last straw.
** An important corollary is that these attitudes are extremely contagious:
- Protect yourself - Stay away from whiners and grumpy people.
- Spread the wealth - Share your jam, or failing that, be grateful out loud to someone today.