I spent another day off of work taking of a variety of tasks, but I didn’t lose sight of the opportunities before me to do things to make today better for myself and several other people. It is very easy to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that I overlook the people in it, but today, I chose to stay present. As I reflect on this Tuesday, I can honestly say that my words and actions I chose made it another good day overall. Here are some of the things that made it a good day:
- The last thing I felt like doing when I woke up was working out, but I got out of my own way and got on the elliptical trainer for a killer hour-long interval workout. I definitely don’t regret doing that!
- When I felt my mind begin to entertain some negative thoughts and “future trip”, I quickly corralled them and replaced them with positive and reassuring self-talk. As soon as I did, everything was right again in my world.
- As I drove down my beloved River Road, I cracked open the windows on a cold, but ridiculously gorgeous, afternoon to feel the fresh air swirl around me (This isn’t much of a badass move, as I was bundled up in a heavy coat and cranked up the heat), sang along to the songs that popped up on satellite radio, and smiled. Big time.
- I took care of a friend of my oldest daughter after school, as her family is dealing with a medical crisis out-of-town. I am fortunate to have a strong support system to help with my daughters, when needed, and I was glad that my ex-husband and I could help out this wonderful family during their time of need. Sometimes, it really does take a village.
- I treated my girls and my oldest daughter’s friend to a delightful afternoon of treats and window shopping downtown after school dismissed early. It was fun sharing jokes and conversations that left all of us laughing.
- I made an effort to smile and say something positive to everyone I came into contact with throughout the day. Whether it was a compliment, a ‘thank you’, or a kind word, I wanted my interactions to be positive and to elicit a smile. Kindness begets kindness, and smiling really is contagious.
- I purchased a funny gift for a dear friend who is recuperating from surgery, and just knowing that he will get a kick out of it made me grin from ear to ear.
It was an ordinary day that has left me feeling extraordinarily good, and I hope that the people I had contact with feel the same way.
Just one thing each day . . .
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