A Good Day to Do Some Good


Today was another good day to do some good for myself and for others, and having these two things to focus on made an ordinary day feel a bit more special.  After beginning the new year under the weather, I made the decision that tomorrow is my New Year’s Day Do Over, as it is the first full week of the new year, and I finally feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually up to embracing the opportunity to make this year absolutely amazing.  So, today was a dress rehearsal of sorts to get ready for tomorrow and the year to follow.

The best thing that I did for myself today was to resume consciously taking care of my body as a way to thank it for all it has done, and continues to do, for me each and every day.  Overall, I am in great health now, despite the challenges of infertility, cervical cancer, and ulcerative colitis, and all of my dreams and goals require that I be at my physical best to reach and/or appreciate these things that I hold dear to my heart.  I got plenty of sleep last night, which is one my primary physical goals this year, and I practiced deep breathing throughout the day to deal with the anxious feelings when they arose.  I made sure that I took the vitamins, supplements, and ulcerative colitis medication that help to heal and protect my body, and I took time to eat three nutritious meals and snacks to nourish my body.  I also made sure that I took time out during the day for a few minutes of peace and quiet to give thanks for even the simplest of things, such as how good hot green tea tastes on a cold afternoon.  Being kind to myself physically made me feel better on every level, and it gave me motivation to hit the ground running tomorrow.

The one thing that I did for others was to make a monetary donation to one of my favorite local charities.  Money may not buy happiness, but working for a non-profit organization, I can tell you that when used properly, money can do a lot of good for a lot of people.  Making a monetary donation is less personal than directly volunteering, but I know that this charitable organization will use my donation to directly help the people it serves.  One of the lessons I emphasize with my daughters is the importance of sharing what you have with others, and while I wish I had more money to donate to all of the charities that I support, I know that every little bit counts, and that as my wealth increases, so will my ability to contribute more.  I am just grateful I can help at all right now.

So, that’s how I chose to help myself and others today, and I hope that I really did some good.  I do know that when I make good choices, it definitely feels good.  I now want to step up my efforts even more, because I know that I am capable of doing better and doing more.  This may have been a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s belated kick off of 2013, but life most certainly is not a dress rehearsal at all.  The time to do good is now or never, and I am thankful for this time indeed.

Just one thing each day. . .

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