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What is a good day?

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

How was your day? Was it good?

What does a good day look like to you?

What sorts of events would have to transpire in order for you to conclude that a given day was truly good?

Are your standards too high? Are your standards too low? Are they fair to the person you are? Are they fair to the person you’ve become? Are they fair to the person you’re becoming? Are your standards even your own? Do you even like the standards you’ve accepted or chosen? Is your concept of a good day good enough to allow you a decent chance of actually having a fair amount of good days?

How much have you thought about these questions? How meticulous have you been in scrutinizing your answers?

We are fond of saying “have a good day.” We are fond of asking “how was your day?”

Hopefully we are equally as fond of taking the time to construct a meaningful and healthy concept of what we’re looking for.

In order to consistently have good days, we have to become good at developing good ideas about what makes days good.

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  1. Excellent! Spot on. T.K.

    Some days (rarely) 80% of the struggle is just
    getting out of bed. Other days (most) it’s
    accomplishing more than you expected.

    And everything in between.

    As long as we “run” the day and don’t let the day
    “run” us. By adjusting our internal barometer
    accordingly. (Intellectually and emotionally.)

    “In order to consistently have good days, we have
    to become good at developing good ideas about
    what makes days good.”

    1. I like this:

      “As long as we “run” the day and don’t let the day
      “run” us. By adjusting our internal barometer
      accordingly. (Intellectually and emotionally.)”

      As always, great thoughts, Alana. I think we may be having a convo soon. Are you still in your busy season?

      1. Yes, we are still in our busy season. (it
        runs busy from mid Oct to Dec and busiest
        from Jan to April.)

        Just a reminder that our tax season ends
        April 30th. U.S. ends April 15th. And we
        still have a lot to finalize to close off the
        season. This takes til about mid May.

        Then we have to decompress.

        A week equals about a month during the
        tax season. So…pretty intense.

        After mid May should be OK to go. T.K.

      2. I’ve reread this post (more than once) and think
        that it is the prescription for a full (healthy) life.
        The secret to life, if you will.

        I’ve shared many of your posts with others, especially
        as I know we all struggle with our various haunts that
        can vex us.

        There is an old Chinese proverb I came across
        decades ago that said: “Happiness is like a
        butterfly. If you keep chasing it, it will keep
        flying away. But if you stop chasing it, it will
        land on you.” I had to think about this for a long
        time to understand its meaning. As I went on with
        my daily life I would think about this proverb from
        time to time. Until I realized that it’s your daily
        life (and how you live it) that results in…happiness.

        All we have is this one life and it is the sum of the
        individual days and how we live each day. This can
        add up to something wonderful. And golden..

        There are those long for a bucketful of what life can
        offer us, but only carry a cup. There are others who
        only start out with a teaspoon and mold it into a
        storage tank. Filled with life’s good things and all the
        memories that go along with this.

        Many years ago I read this poem by William Blake:

        “Every morn and every night.
        Some are borne to sweet delight.
        Every night and every morn,
        Some to misery are born.
        Some are born to sweet delight.
        Some are born to endless night.”

        I guess this depends on how we decide to live out the
        days of our life.

        “In order to consistently have good days, we have to
        become good at developing good ideas about what
        makes days good.”

        Bravo! T.K.

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