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Life typically has those times that are incredible and those times those times that are horrible. It throws things at us that are so amazing that we can hardly believe we are lucky enough to live them. It throws things that are so unbearable it can be difficult to see a way out.
And sometimes it gives us long periods of life that are profoundly dull.
Huge chunks of tedium and boredom during which not a lot happens and you feel yourself stagnating in your own skin.
Somehow, those days are the ones that can feel the worst. The ones when you know that you’re generally okay, but you’re still not enjoying life. For some reason, you’ve lost sight of the point of it all. You carry on automatically and sometimes can’t help but wonder why you keep going.
On those days, you need to remind yourself why you made the choices that led you here, what you’re aiming for and where you’re going. You need to focus on the good things that do happen each day, the ones that you’ve overseen.
WHAT HAS TODAY BEEN LIKE OVERALL?
Start by critiquing things honestly. If the day has been awful for a legitimate reason, then think about that. What made it so bad? What can you do to prevent it happening again? If you can’t think of anything that awful, then maybe things are better than they seem. Maybe you just need to realign your point of view.
WHAT IS ONE GOOD THING I HAVE DONE TODAY?
Regardless of what the rest of the world is doing, you always have the power within you to do something great. Maybe you did something nice for someone else. Maybe you were really productive. Maybe you put some work towards one of your personal goals – maybe you achieved it.
WHAT IS ONE GOOD THING I HAVE HEARD ABOUT TODAY?
Admittedly most of the news you’ll get in the mainstream media is quite awful – war and crime and underhanded politics. The sort of things that don’t give you much faith in the future of humanity. But that’s only because shock and horror stories sell so well. The truth is that people are better than they are often given credit for. Look for a news source – and there plenty online – that makes an effort to share the good things that people do, and you’ll feel a lot better about the world as a whole.
WHAT IS ONE GOOD THING SOMEONE HAS DONE FOR ME TODAY?
This one will depend heavily on what you’ve done. If you’ve spent the whole day working alone then there won’t be much opportunity for someone else to be generous. But if you’ve been around people who care about you, then making an effort to remember the little courtesies they offer you can remind you how lucky you are to have them. Even if it’s something as simple as making you a cup of tea or asking how your day is going, being conscious of the people who show they care can brighten any day.
WHAT IS ONE GOOD THING I COULD DO TOMORROW?
As important as reflection is, it all becomes quite useless if you don’t learn anything from it. If you’re not happy with today, think about how you can make tomorrow better. If you’ve thought about it and it turns out that today was actually pretty good, think about how you can improve on it with each day that follows. Think about how you can amplify what you liked about today and how you can bring that joy to every day you experience.