Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very Bad Days

The other night, my family and I watched the movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day”.  It’s a story of a boy who can’t seem to catch a break.  Everything he does, everywhere he goes, things just don’t turn out for the good.  

His family on the other hand, seem to have perfect lives where nothing is ever wrong.  Alexander feels misunderstood and he becomes frustrated that no one seems to understand how disappointed he is with all the wrongness in his world.

So he makes a birthday wish – he wishes his family would know what a bad day really feels like.

Alexanders wish comes true.  Things seem to go much better for Alexander and his family members end up having problem after problem.  

In the end, Alexander is able to help his family come to terms with their day by accepting the bad and focusing on the good.

Chronically ill people live terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days just about every day.  It feels like we just can’t catch a break.  Like Alexander, it can be hard to watch the rest of the world live good days where seemingly nothing goes wrong, while we are stuck bumping into obstacle after obstacle.

I’m sure you’ve heard me say this a hundred times before – “it’s ok to have a pity party, just don’t unpack and live there”.  I think that is ultimately what Alexander and his family learn throughout the movie.  Bad things do happen – and sometimes it feels like nothing is going right.  But that doesn’t mean we have to accept defeat and just give up.  

Alexander had some wise insight to share with his family, below are a few of his quotes that I hope will encourage you in your bad days, and help you stay focused on your good days:

“I think that you just gotta have the bad days so that you can just love the good days even more.”

“We are not going to let this day get the better of us!”

“For us, the worse things get, this family just gets better.”

“Get ready for the best worst day of your life.”

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8


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