What Makes a Good Day Good?
Christmas morning, the first day of vacation, the birth of a child or grandchild – these things definitely qualify as good days. But most days are ordinary days, aren’t they?
One night, three years after my mother died, I had a dream. I am standing on the playground of my elementary school and it occurs to me that I would like to drop in and see Mom. So I leave the playground and start walking that familiar path home. I know every crack in the sidewalk, every tree along the streets, but I don’t see them now. All I see, in my minds eye, is Mom sitting at the kitchen table in her housecoat, finishing her morning coffee and perhaps her crossword puzzle, contemplating the day ahead. The feeling is amazing, because I know in minutes I’ll walk in the side door and see her. I am so close– I know how it feels to just drop in and see her on an ordinary morning, on an ordinary day.
But I was wrong. There is no such thing as an ordinary day. When I awoke, I wondered how many ordinary days I have taken for granted; how many I still miss.
I want to live my life while it’s happening. This means noticing what’s right beneath my nose, not always so easy when it’s my quickly-moving feet of which I’m most aware.
Here are some things that remind me to pay attention; simple things that make an ordinary day a good day for me:
- Accomplishing something I set out to do
- Solving a problem I’ve pondered
- Getting something organized (anything!)
- A visit with a good friend
- Noticing the sunshine and the colors in nature
- A wink and a smile from my husband
- A phone call or Email from my kids
- Meeting my Dad for coffee
- Noticing how everything really is “unfolding as it should”
Do you anticipate the day ahead before getting out of bed? What makes a good day good for you?
Photo credit: Bethany J Brady