I came across this great Art Print made by Poh Koon while browsing Etsy this morning and it just seemed to strike a chord with me today. I'm trying to improve on some things in my life and I think that sometimes we can get overwhelmed with the messages to "Seize the Day" or to "Make Today Ridiculously Amazing" and such like that. Often we start out with the best of intentions but as the day goes on, things will...well...go not so amazing. Bad things happen. We make mistakes. Other people around us will make mistakes. The oatmeal will boil over and create a burnt, crazy-glue-like crust all over the stove that is impossible to remove with anything short of atomic weaponry. If we're focused on trying to make the day the best and greatest it's ever been, then we could most likely get discouraged and even give up on the day.
Well I'm here to say, it's OK. Today can still be a great day, if you just focus on doing something, anything, awesome today.
Maybe your awesome is creating something that makes you smile, or helping that person with put their groceries in their car, or washing the kitchen floor, or baking cookies for your kids (I know mine think this is pretty awesome!), or maybe baking cookies for your neighbours kids. Perhaps your awesome is avoiding doing something, like biting your nails or losing your temper when someone rubs you the wrong way (like when your toddler flushes a light-bulb down the toilet and you have to take the toilet off for the tenth time to get it out and avoid yet another $200 charge from the plumber - seriously, if anyone out there needs a toilet installed, I'm your man).
It doesn't have to be something big, it should just be something that you can look back on the day and say "Hey. I did that. And that was pretty awesome."
And the great thing is, you certainly don't have to limit yourself to just one awesome thing. Maybe you can do more, but the point is, as long as you've done one awesome thing, you can reflect on your day with a smile (even if the rest of the day was filled with dirty diapers, screaming co-workers, or burnt oatmeal).
So that's it for today. Feel free to share your awesome thing and inspire others!