Getting Ahead: ‘Gray Days’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

When I think of a gray day I think of cloud cover and possible precipitation. However, experiencing a gray day can have another connotation. It can be a day that is not going well.

These days, that everyone at some time experience, start to work on our attitude and outlook on life. There is a physiological correlation between a lack of sunshine and our attitude, but that is not what I am referring to. I’m talking about those days when the sun might be shining bright and we are still having a gray day.

The gray day that is a result of what we are thinking and feeling in response to a situation or circumstance. In my personal experiences, I have found that it is much more about what I am thinking and feeling than it is about my situations and circumstances.

All of our situations and circumstances can be divided into only two categories; things we can do something about and things we cannot do anything about. Every gray day falls into one of these two categories and both of them can be very easily dealt with. If we are dealing with things that we can do something about, the easy solution is to roll up our sleeves and go to work on the problem. If it is something we cannot do anything about, we just release and forget about it. It is truly that simple, so why does it seem so hard?

As I mentioned earlier, a gray day is the result of our thinking and feeling in response to a situation or circumstance. It is a fact that thoughts can dictate our feelings, and that thoughts are a function of our mind. Would it then follow that gray days are a mental problem? Have we become unstable in our thought process toward the situations and circumstances that we are faced with? Do we not want to roll up our sleeves? Is there a possibility that gray days have, in some way, become part of our identity?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets at 240 Courthouse Parkway in Washington C.H. for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the lobby at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer