As a kid I remember being ready for school to start in July. I was bored and couldn't wait to see my friends again. The night before school started was always torture! I was forced to go to bed early.....didn't my parents realize that it was still light outside and I was too excited to sleep? Somehow, miraculously my eyes would close and I would drift off to dreamland. The next morning I would wake up with the excitement of Christmas Day. Getting ready and eating breakfast was accomplished in record time. I felt like a Pepsi can that had been shook up and was ready to explode. Finally THE day was here! It took a while, but eventually that fizzy feeling would lose the bubbles and turn into flat pop (soda for those of you down South). A few weeks into the new school year everything seemed like a routine. School, dinner, homework, bed. School, dinner, homework, bed. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Don't get me wrong - I loved school - but there was nothing quite like the first day excitement.....except of course the last day of the year before summer vacation!
That got me thinking today. Why do we believe certain days should automatically hold more happiness than others? What if we treated every day like the first day of school? Why not celebrate the 124th day with the same pulsating energy as the first day? After all, everyday is truly a gift. Every. Single. Day. When we get wrapped up in the humdrum routine of life it's easy to take tomorrow for granted and to hold on to the past too tight. We forget how important each minute is, what a blessing each day is. The sooner we learn to let it go and to enjoy the moments as they occur the happier our lives will be. Do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind, center yourself and think about what you are grateful for. Set your intentions and decide that today is going to be a day worth celebrating!