You may not approach each new day with the kind of excitement a kid has when anticipating a field trip to the zoo or the thrill of a runner winning the gold medal as they cross the finish line, but there’s something special about today. Special enough to add a bit of awe and wonder to your life.
Think about it…the sun woke up this morning just for you. A new day was unwrapped and you have been handed an entire day filled with limitless possibilities. What will you do with it? Today, 1440 minutes belong to you. Will you spend them grumbling about how unfair life is and how hard things have become for you, or will you look for hidden treasures that cause you to smile? Yes, you can find some really amazing things in life even when you’re living with a chronic illness.
You may be in a hospital bed unable to manage on your own or stuck in rush-hour traffic on your way to an important meeting. You may have deadlines, a doctor’s appointment, your child’s recital to attend, or a birthday party to plan. You may be overwhelmed with unexpected changes or sad and lonely as you trudge through the struggles in life being misunderstood.
I know some people constantly gravitate to negative thinking. That’s actually one of the easiest things to do. It’s easy to believe you’ve been handed the worst possible life on the planet. It’s easy to find things you don’t like about your life and to focus on the pain, mistreatments and unjust actions of others. It’s easy to look down at the mud puddles and the mess that surrounds you.
But if you spend your entire day looking down, you will miss the things in life that can make it beautiful. There’s an entirely different world out there when you look up compared to looking down all the time.
Dwelling on the bad things around you and about how awful your circumstances are won’t change anything. It won’t cause you to suddenly win the lottery, find a cure for MS, or have the storybook relationship you’ve always wanted. Life just doesn’t work that way.
You have to learn to take the bad with the good and to look up more than you look down. Don’t be afraid to use your 1440 minutes to sit quietly and sip your tea, or even take a nap. It’s okay to use them to cry a little, but try to laugh more. It’s not about cramming your day full of activity or pretending everything is fine and dandy. It’s about purposefully spending each minute of your day determined to find the good rather than bad.
Be thankful for today. It won’t make your situation different, but it will make you different, and it will even make your day different.