I’m a big sports fan and while I will watch or attend pretty much anything, my favorites really are the NFL and the NBA. It is one of the few things in my life where I can turn off my monkey mind and just submerge myself in the game – so much so that you can oftentimes find me napping through halftime and the third quarter!
Last week, during a pregame interview with a NFL coach the following sentence jumped out at me: “Every day is an important day.” Now, this is generally coach speak for “No game is more important that any other” or “We’re not looking ahead, we’re just concentrating on today’s game.” Both things said so often they must be taught in “coaching school.” However, said as it was above, it hit me differently.
Everyday IS an important day. But, how many of us treat it that way? How many of us ignore a Tuesday on our journey to Friday? How many of us lose whole weeks while waiting for vacation? I certainly do.
In a post a few weeks ago I wrote about a new commitment to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, so clearly the ability to slow down and be present in the moment is a lesson I have to learn – since it keeps showing up in my life in different ways.
Is it something you need to be mindful of as well?
But how, when we’re all scurrying to and fro, do we recognize everyday as an important day?
The answer came to me in a podcast I was listening to yesterday with the author Mary Karr where she detailed a practice of looking for the presence of God in her day. She said that every evening she takes a few moments to review her day and looks, very intentionally, for the moments God appeared.
We all have a few moments we can set aside at the end of the day to do this and it doesn’t matter if you are a spiritual person or not. Take two minutes before you go to sleep and review your day looking for even the smallest moment where something “important” or “special” happened and then, and here is the key, I believe, be grateful for it.
There is no day that goes by that something does not appear – a smile from a friend, a lesson learned from something that didn’t go as planned, or a sunrise that welcomed you into the day.
I’m already looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary, now I’ll note all of those things at the end of each day . . . and I think it may be particularly powerful to finish up my review with the statement, “Every day is an important day.”
Do you have a quick and easy gratitude practice like this? If so, share it in the comments below.