Have you ever found yourself thinking about a subject and then discovered that lots of other people are doing the same? For me that topic is: what is a good day?
My personal mission statement, inspired not only by Didion, but by so many other valiant writers and friends, is this:
“to prepare for the hour of my death one good day at a time . . . and to help others do the same.”
So the definition of a good day matters to me. Every day it matters more.
Joan Didion uses six words to say why: every day is ALL there is. We can’t relive yesterday and aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.
So this day must count!
Spend five minutes right now listening to these words from Brother David Steindl-Rast. I guarantee it will make your day better:
Joel will celebrate birthday 101 on November 12, 2014! He’s lived more good days than anyone else I know.
A pioneer scientist in the field of psychopharmacology, Joel has been thinking about the value of the good day most of his life. Since his father perished in the Kovno Ghetto during the holocaust, Joel’s dedication to the good day rings with the urgency of the human spirit to live on after unimaginable tragedy and loss.
It starts with rising at 5 a.m. Then coffee, exercise, and meditation. It proceeds prayerfully to work. It ends with the simple task of drying the dinner dishes and reflecting on where God has entered or been blocked during the day.
That’s Don’s ideal day. What’s yours? Please offer one or two elements of a good day from your own experience. Next week I’ll add my own recipe, and it will benefit much from your thoughts, aspirations, and frustrations. All are welcome!