Good days, bad days, and days that just won't go away! We all have them - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some days are better than others. And, unfortunately, some are worse - much worse. In life, there are times when, despite our best efforts, we have terrible times. Bad things do happen to good people and we can't pretend they don't. With that being said, there are some things we can do to prepare ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally for tough times and to help us make the most of each day.
Some people say we live in uncertain times and that is certainly true. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. In truth, no one knows what today will bring. We can look at the past and amuse ourselves, feel remorse, guilt, and frustration at the mistakes, sorrows, and problems of the past, but the present is where we must live, today - RIGHT NOW. And sadly, despite our best efforts and intents, things don't always go the way we want them to and in fact, oftentimes they end up being much worse than we could have imagined. Should we treat these days differently, the good days, the bad days, and the days we can't wait to put behind us? Each day must be given our full attention. If the days are jam-packed with problems, then we must put on our best problem solving hats and come up with solutions - whether we like them or not, that fix or begin the process of fixing our present problems.
Here are five steps we can take to make the most of each day starting today:
1. PRAY - whether you are religious or not, a prayer is hope for a better today, a brighter tomorrow, and a better life.
2. Create a daily game plan so you are prepared to face the day. Know what you want to accomplish, where you are going, and what your purpose and goals are for each day. If you don't know where you are going today, you will never get there.
3. ALWAYS BE PRESENT - Don't waste away today (your present) by worrying about tomorrow or fretting about yesterday!
4. Give each day your full attention! - Especially the little things. Everything matters because everything is important.
5. Focus on the most urgent/pressing problems and fix those first. Every day has issues and problems. Start with the most pressing problems, get those resolved or moving in the right direction, and then move on to the next tasks to tackle. One at a time. Don't ever pile your plate full of all of your problems. If you do, then you'll not only eat the worst and most disgusting meal of your life, it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth for every sweet experience placed before you down the road.
Now in truth, this order could be arranged in any order you prefer. For myself, I listed prayer as the first step because I believe I need to start and end my day with prayer to get me going in the right direction. Some may refer to this as meditation, connecting with the universe, being optimistic, hopeful, positive, etc. For me, prayer puts me on the correct path to be prepared to face the challenges of each day. You can watch this video I created below of me playing an arrangement I created of a hymn: "Did You Think to Pray" (this is just a piano instrumental with beautiful images meant to inspire and encourage everyone to see the good in the world around them).
DID YOU THINK TO PRAY (arranged by Jerald Simon)
What are you personally doing to make the most of each day TODAY? What steps are you taking right now to create your own game plan, be present, attentive, and completely focused on the issues you face today? What can you do today to help others around you see the good in each day, be ready for the bad times when they come - as they will for everyone, and try to eliminate any ugly pessimism of the past or unproductive dreaming of the future they (and we) may have? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Have a beautiful day!
Smile all the while and BE HAPPY!