At the end of the day, when in those minutes just after I’ve turned out the lights and hope that sleep takes over, I’ve started doing an accounting of sorts; an accounting of the day.
Maybe it’s because I’m a cancer survivor twice.
I’m just a little obsessed with the quality of each day. I mean I really ask myself, “How did I do this “living thing” today?”
And then I start ticking through my 5 questions.
1. Did I do something new? (Of course, that’s at the TOP of the list.)
Did I say Yes to something I’ve never done before, or learn something, or try something outside my comfort zone? Like today. Today I replaced my pink extensions with a little burnt red color. Silly, but makes me happy.
2. Did I do something for someone else today?
Even in the smallest way. Did I give comfort or was I indifferent? Did I listen? Did I help someone else have a better day? (I’m calling my Mom after I finish this blog)
3. Was I kind to my body?
Did I work it out so it feels better and more alive? Did I put healthy food in my body? (I’m so proud. I passed on the chocolate cake. It wasn’t easy!)
4. Did I laugh? Did I play?
(When all else fails, I look at funny viral videos)
5. Did I pause to appreciate?
My daughter calls this Pauseitivity. You know, that moment during the day, you stop and appreciate something beautiful, a peaceful minute, that first cup of coffee, the flowers that just popped in full color this morning, the fact that your body feels healthy.
I practice mentally, snapping a picture or putting the video on pause.
Anyway, I’ve noticed, if I can say Yes, to all 5 questions (which, of course, doesn’t happen all the time), but if I can more often than not say yes, I’ve had a deliciously wonderful day. I had a great time living.
And I kind of think that knowing I’m doing some daily accounting, that I stay more open to those opportunities that present themselves during the day. Give it a try. See how it works for you. Add your own questions….
Maybe it’s a little nuts, but I think, okay, if it all ended today, I could say, well, I lived it well. No complaints.
And I close my eyes and fall fast asleep, thinking about how I’m going to say yes to do the new, to play, to give, to be kind to my body and then pause to enjoy it all another day in a whole different way.