Let’s just imagine that you’re a successful professional interior designer.
Now for all I know, you may indeed be, but even if you aren’t, perhaps you’ll humour me by pretending that this is indeed your chosen profession.
Now let’s also agree that despite your accomplishments you have your bad days as well as your good. Times when your mood is nothing to write home about.
During a period such as this, I rather suspect your clients wouldn’t be too delighted were you to express your innermost feelings in the colour schemes you dream up for them.
Drab browns may not be exactly what they had in mind for their kitchen. Midnight black isn’t perhaps what they’d expected for the conservatory.
As a professional, there will always be times when you simply have to override your own mood in the work you do.
Is this somehow being untrue to yourself? No. I don’t think anyone would take this view, because at times we all have to step into a positive role even when we really don’t feel like it.
Is that breakfast show DJ really always deliriously happy? Does the flight attendant honestly never have a bad day?
The strange thing, of course, is that acting happy can actually make you feel happier – well at least a bit.
So maybe there’s something to be said for occasionally slipping into a different role when your mood has taken a dive? I know (I really do) how hard this can be, and there will always be times when it’s an impossibility, but why not experiment with this thought?
How about approaching your next down-day as if you were a professional designer? (Probably resisting the temptation to fill the world with throw cushions.)