Today is a new day, a day full of firsts: my first thought, my first sip of coffee (not necessarily in that order), the first cat/ child/ phone call to greet me; my first smile
Today is a new day, a day full of choices: forgive yesterday’s foolery, reward today’s accomplishments, forget old worries, forge ahead, take precautions, take heed; learn
Today is a new day, a day full of love: birdsong, trilling, laughter, familiar voices, a restful sigh, winds blowing, branches rustling; a joyous high
Today is a new day a day full of peace; silence
Tomorrow is unknown, seize your today!
Originally published on Tea & Honey Bread.
I wrote this post on December 30th of 2009, undoubtedly prompted by the anxiety of the impending new year. I’m always ambivalent about the big milestone-marking observances. Have I accomplished enough? Have I failed? Am I where I thought I’d be? Where I wanted to be? Where everyone else expected me to be? Interestingly enough, and completely incidentally this post shaped the better part of my new year- my new me. It wasn’t a resolution, it wasn’t a commitment, it was an organic happening.
Yesterday marked the start of my 37th year, the days which preceded it however were unusually peaceful, refreshing even. The year itself hadn’t been monumentally different than the others, at least I didn’t think so, but things were happening for me, to me and within me. I’d discovered the hidden magic of well spent moments. In the moments when I held on tenaciously, in the moments when I let go graciously, in moments of hearty laughter, and of sorrowful tears, I found the magic of restoration.
So when I rose to face the big day, rather than reflecting on what could have been, I focused solely on being. Instead of making a list, I made a pot of coffee, then I went to the gym, smiled at a stranger, loved freely and vulnerably, ate in moderation and laughed in excess. It’s the little things y’know. You did know, didn’t you? Now go forward and seize your today, then do it again tomorrow.