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Game Changers

Yesterday I experienced a “game changer” and it was awesome.  These things, events if you will, or better yet, unplanned occurrences, are extremely powerful and rare.  You don’t know when or where they will strike, but when they do they hit you right upside your melon and knock any pessimism you’ve been experiencing right on its ass.
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right? You know, one of those days where you think that if one more thing goes wrong you are going to pack it in and go back to bed? Well I was having one of those days yesterday.

The day started with my alarm going off and me hitting snooze one too many times. Already running late, I proceeded to kick the corner of the dresser while rushing to get through my morning routine. Needless to say I was late for work and in a foul mood before I even sat down in my office. Trying to be optimistic, I gave a valiant effort to shake off the morning and focus on the day ahead. My positive thoughts only lasted a short while however as the wheels came off the bus.  Damn that bus driver! Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The world was out to get me. I was sure of it.

I stumbled through my day genuinely pissed off, but eventually the work day came to an end and it was time to go home.  I knew what was going to happen. My foul mood was going to ooze into the house like a thick fog and it was going to infect everyone in its path. If my wife and daughter were in a good mood they wouldn’t be for long. Projecting your foul mood upon others is very hard to prevent after all.

Arriving at home, I parked my car in the garage, mumbled to myself and walked into the house. Once inside my wife met me at the door and laid a kiss on me. And boy what a kiss it was! Now she had no idea of the day I was having, sleeping in too late, the kicked dresser, or foul mood. She was unaware that the wheels came off the bus; it crashed, caught fire and burned.  After a few seconds the kiss ended and she asked “How was your day?” Do you know what my answer was? I responded to her question with one word, “Great!”

WTF!  Wait a minute! My day wasn’t great! My day was far from great!  Why did I say “great?” I had just experienced a game changer.  In three seconds my day went from terrible to great. The day was great!  At least now it was. 

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Aldous Huxley


Kovas Palubinskas said...

Hooray for game-changing wives!

Ryan said...

You got that right Kovas! =)

Deanne said...

LMAO....that's because you were hoping you were gonna get some! Every thing changes when that happens....Nice!

Deanne said...

PS...Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

Katherine Jenkins said...

Thanks for stopping by Lessons from the Monk I Married. I appreciate your comment on my blog. Yes, it's not the events that decide what kind of day we will's our reaction to those all depends on us. Peace to you, Katherine said...

Ah I wish I could have that effect on my husband. :) Nowadays a decent slice of chocolate cake is more likely to lift his mood than a passionate kiss.
Great blog you have here and I have just added myself as one of your fans/followers.
Carol from

Ryan said...

Deanne... why what ever do you mean? ;)

Katherine, thank you very much for stopping by, I am a fan of your blog.

Ah, and then there is Carol. Although I am about to hit 40 and not 50, you have one of the best blogs out there.

Myrna R. said...

Hi Ryan, thanks for visiting my blog. I like yours very much too. I try to be an optimist, but, of course I don't always succeed.

I'll be following you too.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Ryan - What a fantastic post. Yes, often our game changer is our dog - Pablo. Duckling moments I called can read about that in my e-book.
Thanks for stopping by at my blog - I'm so glad you did...'cos now I get to read yours :)

Ryan said...

Myrna and Corinne, thank you so much for commenting on my post. It makes writing that much more enjoyable. I will be keeping my eye on both of your blogs.

Molly said...

Love that Huxley quote AND your perspective! Hope you've continued to have some "great" days.

A Foreign Land

Ryan said...

Molly, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. The older I get the more I realize that each day is what I choose to make them.

Happy holidays to your and yours.

Marika utomjording(extraterrestre, alien) said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog.
You made my day!

MikeB said...

Fantaastic way to look at life.

My game-changer is my (7-1/2 year old) grandson. When I am with him, all is well, troubles are forgotten, fun and wonder are the key words, calm inhabits my heart. Should I go on? I need not. It is better than a great kiss (I don't get those any more, anyway).

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