“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ever notice how the change of the calendar year appears to really change one's life? Every year people make new year resolutions, hoping to make some significant change in their life. What is it about the new year that makes people believe it's a new start? How incredible would it be if we saw every day as a new start? In 2011 I aimed to look at life that way. With the loss of love, my mother's battle with cancer and the sudden death of my uncle it seemed looking for a new start every day was the only way to survive. Instead of survival I found hope. Hope in the promise of the past staying in the past. Hope in God who would carry me through. Hope in myself that I could conquer life. Hope in the concept that only I had control over my happiness.
I love how this quote takes things one step further. How wonderful life would be if I viewed it as the best day! And how positively could I effect others if viewed my day that way. I've noticed how the kindness or rudeness of strangers can either make or ruin my day, and I've purposed to be that stranger who makes people's day. One's life, I've found, is so tightly intertwined with perspective. And this past year has taught me the power of positive thinking.
So I challenge myself to see each day in 2012 as the best day in the year.
(Picture above is the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle in New York.)