Why today is a good day no matter what

If today you must do things you really don’t want to do,

If today you are frustrated by all the little details,

If today you feel hassled, annoyed, blocked, or disoriented,

Imagine that this morning, upon waking, you were delivered from a deathly sickness.

Imagine that this morning, upon waking, you were released from prison, all charges dropped.

Imagine that this morning, upon waking, you received news that you will NOT be losing your home, your car, your family.

Imagine that this morning, upon waking, all your friends have been found at last, and they are safe.

That would make this day — of laundry, of oil changes, of follow-up calls, of back aches, of red lights — a great day.

Every little chore you get to do.

Every little hiccup along the way is a puzzle, a game, you get to play.

Every little road block is nothing.

No matter your situation, you have been spared death for a day.

You have washed up on the shore from a shipwreck.

You have be delivered, by fate or luck or God, to this little island which is this day.

Look around you. These are the people and the resources you have at hand. This is all you have to work with.

You are insanely grateful for everyone and everything around you because this is what you’ve got. Everything is a potential resource. Everyone is an ally.

In such a situation, nothing is good or bad. It is simply potential.

Your future can go only one of two ways:

  1. Something worse than today will happen to you.
  2. Nothing worse than today will happen to you.

If something worse than today will happen, then today is a good day. And you will look back and miss this, how wonderful today feels.

If nothing worse than today will happen, then this is it. This is as bad as it could possibly get. Are you alive? Are you able to act? Are you able to some good in the world — here, on the worst day of life?

To be honest, I never really understood this lesson until I got married.

I look at my wife asleep, or making breakfast, or pulling up in front of our apartment. And for a moment, I think, “We may not always have each other.”

Is that a sad thought? Yes, of course.

But it also floods my heart with gratitude, with love, with joy. It makes me want to receive all the happiness this moment has — and to give everything I can to this moment.

Everything comes into perspective.

Whatever troubles we have that day, they are nothing —because today it’s visiting hours.

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