When I ask a certain friend of mine how he is, his response is often, “Every day above ground is a good day.” I always smile at his words, appreciating this most basic expression of gratitude.
Because no matter what we face at any given moment, on any given day, the fact that we are here to meet it, greet it, tackle it, embrace it, is a gift. Whether we are confronting difficulty or experiencing delight, we get to actively participate in this thing called life. And what’s not to be grateful about that?
My friend’s sentiment also reminds me to focus on the present, what’s in front of me right now. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and worrying about it won’t change anything. What happened yesterday doesn’t deserve much attention either, other than learning from mistakes and cherishing memories. This day is where I can make a difference. This day is what needs my energy. This day is why I’m here.
And what I want to do with this day is express my gratitude for every trial, tribulation and triumph that comes my way, and yours as well. These things most certainly prepare us for what comes next, but perhaps their greater value is in encouraging us to appreciate the here and now, to savor each moment, to simply be present.
If you don’t want to take my word for it, perhaps you will enjoy the words of that silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh, and Piglet too:
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
I hope today is your favorite day too.