Thursday, August 08, 2013

Hasn't This Been A Great Day?

When I used to make monthly visits to my friend, Father Dennis, I would arrive at his home early in the morning.  Shortly thereafter we would go out for breakfast at some mom and pop restaurant.  Sometimes we would drive around Nelson County and visit historical churches.  At some point we would return to his home and just talk.  More often than not these talks were serious, personal, and reflective conversations.  When it was time for me to leave and go home he would usually hug me and say “Hasn’t this been a great day”?  When was the last time you made such a statement?  There are too many days in my life where I am simply trying to get through the day.  Who among us doesn’t live for the weekends because it seems unlikely that our Monday through Friday working life has the potential to “be a great day”?  When Dennis and I spent a day together we did nothing special.  It was mostly the stuff of everyday life.  Why did it seem so special?  What would it take for the ordinary days of our lives to feel like great days?  Why do we wish our lives away and dream of tomorrow?  Isn’t today yesterday’s tomorrow?  As you go through your day today, look for greatness.  What makes you happy?  What gives the day meaning?  What parts are you enjoying?  At the same time make note of what doesn’t seem so great.  What parts are you not enjoying?  What makes you unhappy?  What parts are meaningless?  When you’ve done all that, take some time and reflect on it?  What do you need to change?  

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