Each day brings with it a fresh start. It doesn't matter what happened yesterday. Today is a blank canvas ready for us to paint whatever picture we choose.
But how often do we let what happened yesterday affect today? How often do we worry about what is coming tomorrow? Why don't we simply enjoy what today brings us?
For example, I could be fretting over the fact that there is potential rain for the rest of the week and it will be colder. I could be thinking about having spring break on Thursday and Friday and not being able to get outside for any of it.
Meanwhile, today is beautiful. It's in the mid-60s and the sun is shining.
If I consume my thoughts with what the rest of the week might potentially be like weather-wise, I'm going to miss out on the beauty of today.
Unfortunately, this happens too often in our lives, but what can we do about it?
I'm reading a book called Get Your Sh*t Together, and the prevailing theme is to employ strategy, focus, and commitment. In that order. With everything we do.
First, have a strategy for the day. I have three items on my work list and three items on my personal/side hustle list. No more, no less. The three must-dos that absolutely have to get done that day.
Next is focus. From 7:55-3:25, my focus is the three work items at my day job. I put the list where I can see it so that I don't forget. I can't go home until those items are done. Some days I stay later than 3:25, but when I walk out of my office those must-dos are crossed off.
Finally, it's time to commit. As an elementary school counselor, time is a precious commodity. I never know when one of my little ones is going to have a meltdown, so it's imperative for me to take advantage of any work time I have available. Today I finished my must-dos by 10:30. I then met with a few students and did some extras I don't necessarily always get to. Plus, when the clock hit 3:25, I was free to walk out knowing that my must-dos were done.
We can choose to nail down a strategy, focus, and commit with every aspect of our day.
We're staying present.
We're staying in the moment.
We're staying in today.
And that's all we need.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.