What a lovely day it is today. Not because the sun is shining, because it isn’t. Not because it’s a comfortable temperature outside, because it’s not that either. It’s a lovely day simply because today is a new day filled with limitless possibilities. Anything can happen today…good things are in the making.
Today doesn’t need to give me warm fuzzies and sweet moments to be enjoyable, although those would be nice to have. No, it just needs to be a day where I can focus on the positive side of things. When you have your day in focus, it doesn’t matter if you have multiple sclerosis, a flat tire, overdue bills to pay, or even a splinter in your finger, you are going to have a good day.
Why is that? How can someone that is dealing with constant pain, unbearable fatigue, financial difficulties, blurred vision, weak hands, being misunderstood, overlooked and under appreciated, have a good day? Because my attitude is what determines my outlook.
Think about it. I could choose to focus on the fact that MS is kicking my butt this morning and has been for a few week, that I burned my toast and that the coffee burned my tongue. I could allow those things dictate how the rest of my day is going to be, or I can decide that even though I’m hurting, I’m going to find something good about today to enjoy…and enjoy it.
Do you know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? A thermometer measures the temperature while a thermostat sets the temperature. The person who goes through life allowing circumstances to dictate whether they will be happy or unhappy is going to live life like a yo-yo and never be happy even when the sun is out.
Which are you more like… a thermometer or a thermostat? Do you determine your day or do you allow your day to determine you? This is the only “today” you will have. This very minute will never return for you to relive. How you go through this moment, on this very day, is a choice you get to make. What will you decide?
There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Take a few of those minutes every day and share them with the ones you love, help a stranger or call an old friend. You will have plenty left over and will be glad you took the time. If a second can give someone a smile, just imagine what a few minutes can do.