I asked a friend one day…
What would your best day ever look like?
He was able to paint a picture of it with little effort:
I picture myself waking up to my wife and asking her what she’d like for breakfast before heading downstairs to turn on the coffeemaker. As I’m plating the last egg and prosciutto pretzel bread sandwich, my son comes down the stairs and hugs my leg. I always love making breakfast for my family… except these days I only have the time to do that on the weekends.
I tell him to let go of what he’s not doing and refocus on his perfect day.
Ok, so then my wife and I take him to school. He’s in 2nd grade. Although he doesn’t care for math, he loves to read. When we get back home, my wife takes the car and she’s off to work. I’m lucky enough to be able to work at a start-up from home! I currently head the marketing and growth department and loving how I can use my creativity to help our little company grow. I get the most important tasks done before squeezing in a 3-mile run then heading out to meet my friend Jarvis for lunch at our usual stomping grounds downtown. He’s quite a bit older than me and I love hearing about all the things life has taught him. After lunch, I head home to do the necessary (but least fun) part about my job—answering emails. I don’t like it much but I’m alright with it because it’s a sign that people are interested and we’re growing. I’m done with work by 2:30pm so that instead of my son having to take the bus, I get to pick him up. On our way home, we stop by the local grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. He likes going because he knows there are usually samples. I usually find no less than three or four toothpicks in the cart…
He went on and on about what they did as a family that night and all the things they had planned for the weekend, even though it was only Tuesday!
At the end of our conversation, we were both surprised about this one thing—his best day ever was filled with the simple things. This was an important realization because I feel like when many of use imagine our best day ever we picture going on daring adventures or having everything in our Amazon.com wish-list delivered to our front porch. What would happen if we started wanting the important things we already have? A healthy body, our family, a best friend, and the good parts about our job just to name a few. Some say thinking that way could make us complacent… and cause us to never hunger to reach our biggest dreams. I argue that gratefulness attracts even more success.
What’s your best day ever look like? Take five to ten minutes and write it out. Then answer these questions:
- What parts of your best day ever are already true and how can you tap into feeling grateful about that?
- What can you commit to doing this week to get you closer to living your best day ever, every day?
Until next time, cheers to living your best day ever,
Like this essay? Get an update via email when I publish something new. Oh and the best compliment you can give me is sharing this with a few of your friends using the social share buttons below!