When the slog of it all, this epic trek through quicksand that life so often is (especially in December!); when it all gets too much, we need to have a really good day.
You know what it’s like. Life is frantically whizzing by and we start to wonder what it’s all about when, out of the blue, just one good, easy day makes it all seem worthwhile. Everything falls back into place and all is right with the world once more. The power of a good day.
So, when life is getting the best of me, I immediately start looking for my good day. So often it seems to wait just a little bit too long and I wonder if it’s possible to speed my good day along for me. Make it come on a much-needed Monday, rather than a planned Friday… something like that.
Can it be that simple? Can you plan for a day like that? I really think you can. Little tweaks here and there – eating breakfast outside, for instance – or bigger ones – reconnecting or forgiving.
Here are 10 things I reckon will help us all have a really good day. If only we’d let them.
Those whisper-soft moments that are gone in a heartbeat, so perfect that barely notice them. Look for them, embrace them, let them be the things that define your day. A warble of laughter, a tilt of a head, the light just so… embrace them all.
Starting the day outside with birdsong mingling with idle conversation in your ears and good, wholesome food in your belly. Well, that’s a very good start to a very good day indeed.
3. Go for a walk
It’s very possible to walk away from your troubles and towards your plans all in one leisurely stroll. Walk with purpose, taking care to notice everything around you and work out where it fits inside your day. Be strong and amazing as you go.
Forgiveness can be hard, but not forgiving is almost guaranteed to make you harder. Learning to let things go and rise above the hurt is so important if you want to live with a hopeful heart. Tiny Buddha features 30 tips for letting go of hurt or anger .
Set the table and cook yourself something nice or take a sandwich to a park to linger and enjoy. Lunch should be a full stop in your daily plan, not a comma.
Go horse riding or swimming or mountain climbing, or snorkelling, or bushwalking or anything else that gets you outside and makes your whole body sing. Connecting with nature makes any day a good day. At the very least, take your shoes off and walk in a patch of grass somewhere. Hear those feet singing?
You can’t have a bad day when you’re wrapping a gift for someone you love. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Buy a copy of their favourite magazine and wrap it with style. A lovely notebook, a small pot plant, a box of pretty papers. The wrapping is the most important bit of all because it says ‘I care a lot about you’.
Kindness costs us nothing but is worth more than gold. A simple kindness is so easy to give and is felt by so many for so long. Send a note to a friend, thank your postman, give your neighbour a baguette, bake your mum a cake, compliment the shop keeper, visit an older relative, make a garland for your teacher, pat a dog… just be kind.
Tending to your own patch of earth, growing food or pretty flowers or foliage is a wonderful way to reconnect with the world. Thoughts are slower in the garden and plans are more meaningful. Dreams are carefully tended and answers are found buried there in the earth.
Being outside as twilight merges with the stars is a beautiful feeling and one that is open to us every single day. Eating outside makes a simple meal an absolute joy to round off a wonderful day. Set a table or a picnic blanket in the backyard or at a favourite spot. Make the meal a simple one – cold meats, cheeses, salads and some fresh, crusty bread and stay far longer than you should.
How will you make today a good day?