“Have a good day” is the common cliché. But what does that mean now?
When Thoreau went into a kind of “quarantine” at Walden Pond for two years, he turned “having a good day” into an art. He wrote:
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor…To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
The virus has taken much from us. But we still have today. And that is a great deal! As someone has said…
A day is the only package that the gift of life comes wrapped in.
Life is only given to us one day at a time. That’s the way it works.
We can either hunker down like a toad on mowing day and wait for the days to be over…or we can use this time to practice the art of enhancing the day.
And you already have tools for doing that: your courage, your ability to take problems as challenges, your joy, your empathy, your flexibility, your ability to listen well, your patience and persistence—and, yes, your ability to laugh and weep.
Every day you can mix colors like these to create a one-of-a-kind work of art: a day.
I believe we can emerge from this difficult time with an enhanced ability to live a day, to be more present and deliberate in a day, to bring more of ourselves to each day.
We can emerge more skilled at the fine art of “having a good day.”
And we’ll probably find that’s a key to having a good life.