What are you Grateful for Today?
I agree with this statement: "When you know better, you do better"
Have you said. . or heard someone say;
"When I get this. . .then I'll do this" or "When I make this amount or have this much money saved. . .then I'll be. . .", "I will travel more. .after I. . ", "When I retire, I'll be able to do more. . .", or "I plan to spend more quality time with my. . .".
Face it, planning is an important part of who we are and Goal Setting is Great! We all have dreams and aspirations and it requires effort to plan and implement and that of course comes with some form of effort and activity.
However, I've often wondered the price paid for the present day. Are you aware of the syndrome, "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda".
Somehow it seems today can easily be robbed of what it offers and in the value of what it gives, in some form or fashion, including the burden of pondering on yesterday's decisions, while working diligently on tomorrow's plans
Somehow TODAY gets quickly categorized into being used up in the review and or in the planning.
I was listening to someone who stated "our lives are One Phone Call Away from a Drastic Change, good or bad news, celebration or tragedy, it really is a way of saying Living. It is called Life. We all recognize that nothing stays the same forever.
HOW CAN WE LOOK CLOSER ON HOW WE CAN TAKE HOLD OF TODAY? I was recently asked, "What do you mean by Embrace the Day? How does that happen? Very good questions. . .immediately the word "ENGAGEMENT" comes to mind. Definitions for me, in some cases, are helpful to formulate the thought, the process. So in reference to the word "ENGAGEMENT" it is defined using the (Online Merriam-Webster) resource. For definition purpose, I'm sharing what I believe applies here and including the definitions that best fits the word and the premise of it being utilized here.
something that engages : pledge
the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
: very attractive or pleasing in a way that holds your attention
Engaged: involved in activity
So from this definition, bringing it together, to answer the question of "How Can You or I Embrace the Day?, that would be. . .
To currently be involved in today's activities and to HOLD our ATTENTION of what we're focusing on. Engaging by choice, what is attractive or pleasing to us in some way.
The question is What are You? and What Am I Grateful For Today? I'll throw in one to start, I woke up this morning in a Healthy state of Spirit, Mind and Body and for that I'm Extremely Grateful. . . .how many did not (I stop and reflect on that thought alone).
Your Turn. . .So What are YOU GRATEFUL for TODAY?
Starting Now, before our day begins it could start with that One thing You and I are GRATEFUL for and to do the same at the close of the day, reflecting on the conversations we've had, the activity of what encompassed our day, all before retiring to sleep.
To actually take a few minutes to REFLECT and that to me is EMBRACING THE DAY, we live Life, so it will naturally encompass the prior and the plan, BUT NOW, YOU and I by CHOICE are ENGAGED in the DAY and NOT ROBBED of it.
This is another step on the Journey and for me that includes my belief, if you "CAN CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE" so it will require an Engaged effort daily until it becomes a habit, the same as brushing our teeth, it will be apart of us without thought or planning to do it.
This will include reflection of what needs to be pruned in our life, what needs to be cut off in some cases and what do we need to feed more on and become more involved with (which includes people and activities).
You and I get to choose, if we live a life of being Positive or Negative, Pessimistic or Optimistic, Depressed or Joyful, with a Frown or with a Smile.
We actually get that Choice and we are already engaged in those decisions daily, whether we are conscious or not about it.
For the record, none of us are in Control of everything, I would venture to even say most things and things will come that can be great distractions or even a thorn in our side, but the key, is IN THOSE MOMENTS, we can EMBRACE, REFLECT and take action, by first remembering "IT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO US, IT IS HOW WE REACT THAT COUNTS".
WHAT CAN YOU SAY YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR TODAY?
Reading a great book this month,
in the H.B.B.A. Book Club "The War of Art",
something to Feed our Perspective.