Thank you for the beautiful day!

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It can be so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. Especially as we enter the holiday season. As adults, we see to-do lists, obligations, special events and upcoming snowy/stormy weather as things to conquer, overcome and simply push through.

However, I have witnessed two people recently who take a different approach to day-to-day life and I admire their optimistic attitude.

 

At our house, we take turns saying a nightly prayer at the dinner table. When it is my 6-year-old’s turn, he prays for his friends and his school and always includes the sentence “Thank you God, for the beautiful day.”

Listening, I sometimes smile to myself at his cute optimism and think  – “It wasn’t a beautiful day – it was rainy or cloudy, too cold or too hot.” But those are my negative thoughts. Every day truly is a beautiful day. We are alive and well. We have family and friends. We have warm houses and healthy food. Our children can help us see that and when they are having a negative day we can help them see that truth as well.

One Monday morning, I was saying hello to a co-worker and asked, “Was it a good weekend?”. When I am asked that question, I typically respond with one simple highlight of the weekend or often comment, “Well – just a typical weekend – nothing special”.

However, his response struck me. He responded, “Every weekend is a good weekend!” Perhaps his weekend wasn’t actually that stupendous – perhaps he still had work to do or the weather didn’t allow him to do what he wanted to do.  But his approach to each and every day is to see that it was good!

How do you see today? Is it a day to push through and endure? Are you simply waiting for the next weekend, the next Christmas party, the next vacation? Or can you and your family take the moment and see that today is a beautiful and good.

Blessings on you and your family this holiday season. It is a beautiful and good day!

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