The short answer to the question posed by this blog title is “no”.
I think we all know that. We can’t relive a day. Heck, we can’t even relive a moment.
We can’t relive a word, an action, even a thought. They imprint our soul. They even change our body’s chemistry.
We all know that our blood pressure goes up when we’re angry, frustrated, or in pain. But we can also lower our blood pressure and reduce our pain by practicing certain meditation techniques.
So the short answer turns out to be the only answer.
At least for that day.
But there is always tomorrow. And hopefully sunshine. My side of the state of Michigan as been unbelievably gloomy for days and days now. In two days ( I’m counting), we’re supposed to have sunshine for a whole week!
For every day and every hour we’ve thrown away, for every day and every hour we’ve blown, tomorrow is new opportunity.
This past week I threw away some hours, not full days, thank goodness. There were justifiable reasons and I think just about anyone in my position would have reacted the same way. It’s not that I said or did anything wrong; it’s that I internalized a situation I had no control over.
I took responsibility for something that wasn’t mine to take.
If you’ve read this blog for a while you know I take umbrage with anyone who doesn’t take responsible for their actions. I’m a big believer in personal responsibility.
And I’m the one, no one else, who threw away those hours. I alone bear the responsibility for letting any situation or person, rob me of the joy of the day.
(I hope you know I am not talking about serious, life-changing situations.)
We all do it.
We do it all the time.
We let situations and people take control of our moods.
We need to seriously evaluate those days and create a plan for the next time we encounter a similar situation.
Actually, I’ve come a long way. Those few hours were once many days. There’s something about running into a brick wall time and again that leaves us pretty bruised and one could question why we would do it more than once.
You would think once would be enough; I mean running into a brick wall hurts.
But in our defense, it’s usually because we deeply care for people that we find ourselves in situations that upset us so much.
But it doesn’t have to.
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.