“A good answer to ‘Good morning’ is ‘Yes, it is.’”
“For myself I am an optimist -- it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”
I have never felt less like writing than I do now. It’s not that I can’t think of a topic (although I can’t), it’s just that I simply don’t feel like writing. I’m a little irritable actually, probably from not enough sleep. So I’m probably not going to write a blog tonight, or if I do, it will be a short one. Mostly I just want to do one of two things, chat with a friend or get some sleep. Plus I don’t really have much to say.
Actually, I probably do. I was going to complain about things that were bothering me, but really, at this moment I have nothing to complain about. I’m safe and warm and healthy. My work is done for the day. I think I did a good job of teaching today. The students seemed happy and engaged and there was a lot of laughter as well as learning. I feel pretty fortunate to have the job I do.
I also had good interactions with my children. I worked something out for my youngest so that she could ride her bike to school with her sister. That made me happy. I also got to take my oldest one to softball practice and it was nice to have time with her.
Finally I had nice conversations with different friends today. That also made me happy. Honestly, there was more good than bad today. In fact, the only bad I can think of is that I didn’t get enough time with my middle girl today. I was feeling worried about some things, but there wasn’t actually anything bad happening except the worrying itself. Most of the problems I had today were in my mind, which means I had very few problems at all.
I wonder how many days I have like that. I wonder how many days I have where I have no actual problems but the ones I create in my head. What if I were aware of that? What if even the problems I had were, on closer examination, not issues that couldn’t be solved or resolved? What would that mean?
It might mean that I have few or no problems. Is that an amazing thought? I know it’s not an original one, but it’s amazing nonetheless. I could go through a day, most of my days with few or no problems. What a concept! Of course, it would require certain commitments:
· I would not be allowed to complain verbally.
· If negative thoughts arose, I would have to deal with them lovingly, firmly and quickly.
· I would have to stop judging others.
· I would have to stop judging myself.
· I would need to smile more.
· I would need to express gratitude more often.
· I would need to be aware of the needs of others.
· I would need to breathe and be calm.
· I would need to get at eye-level when I talk to my children.
· I would need to trust God.
· I would need to not have too many needs or wants.
· I would need to deal honestly and quickly with things that are hurting me.
· I would need to ask forgiveness when I hurt others.
Nothing I listed is too difficult. I think I will try this tomorrow. Then I can have another good day. I can Get Started and Keep Going… and have a great day every day!