Thursday, July 7, 2011
Finish each day and be done with it.
Posted by Todd Newton
I've already talked about goals and how ambiguous those are, so how I feel about making my days worthwhile probably won't come as a shock to you. There's no conscious effort required to squeeze enjoyment and accomplishment out of your everyday actions; it's merely a matter of sticking to what you enjoy.
I savor my coffee nearly every day, whether it's in the comfort of my home out of my orange Starbucks mug that Micah bought me (because I love orange) or out of my large Dazbog mug-with-saucer (when I'm feeling extra fancy or just plain Russian), or whether it's at work out of the expensive grind-and-brew machine I have access to. I savor my breakfast, whether it's as easy as an instant oatmeal or as awesome as my egg, ham & cheese breakfast sandwich.
Most often by 6am I have accomplished at least two things that were not only necessary but also enjoyable. Would it be nice to also have run four miles or have written a thousand words on my manuscript? Sure, and sometimes I do those, too, but I'm not going to torture myself for watching the news instead. If I opt to sit outside on my patio watching the sun's first rays over Arvada, drinking my coffee as it steams up the still-cool morning, how could I possibly do anything but enjoy the moment?
The point is, you don't have to go out of your way to make your days worthwhile. Nothing is stopping you from enjoying your waking hours, but that doesn't mean every second of it needs to be "fun." You don't have to keep a running tally of your accomplishments and make sure you check at least one off every day, and you don't have to play games. You don't have to do anything.
Take what you choose to do, do it well, and enjoy it. Then, whether its as menial and common as making breakfast or as complicated as writing a tense scene, you will have accomplished something you wanted to do. At the end of the day, you've truly done what you could, and you did it your way (like Frank Sinatra).
Be content with that, and let the rest wait until tomorrow.
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