Daily Short-hOPT: Happy Ending

“Always end the day with a positive thought.  No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.” – Unknown

It is Saturday.  Perhaps, you had to get up early and work on the weekend.  You probably are not feeling too happy about that.  Perhaps, your sports team did not play its best today.  That likely is not sitting too well with you this evening.  Perhaps, you had all of these plans and nothing worked out exactly as it was supposed to.  I would venture to guess that you may be a little frustrated by that.

If you would indulge me, I would like to ask you to do me a favor.  Forget about it.  Get over it.  Move on.

Your day is ending and tomorrow right around the corner.  Take a few moments right now or later this evening, and ask yourself this question.

What made this day better than any other day?

By thinking about an answer to this question, we start to strip away the negativity that we have let invade our day.  Our minds begin to churn to think about all of the wonderful things that have happened in our day.  Inevitably, it brings a smile to our face, recalling these events.  They could be great moments or they could be little moments.

Whichever they are, they are special to you, and that is what matters.  They put you in a positive state of mind as you end your day.  The question allows you to begin to think about tomorrow and all of the possibilities for great things that may happen.

Encourage others to share those special moments with you.  Perhaps,  you ask your family, your children, your friends, your co-workers.  People get really excited when they have someone to share great news with.  Your excitement for them only further cements these special moments in their mind.

Just remember, it is easy to recognize these things on a Saturday when the weather has finally taken a turn for the better, the sun is shining, and we likely have the day to spend with our friends and/or family.  However, we can find the good in every day if we take the time to look for it.

Did someone hold the door open for you?  Did a person let you over in front of them in the middle of rush hour traffic?  Did you enjoy your favorite meal for lunch or dinner?  Did you receive an email that made your day?  Did you resolve an issue at work or get quite a bit accomplished?  Did someone give you a compliment?  Did you come home to a clean house?  Did you have a great round in the batting cage?  Did you get to catch up with old or current friends?  Did you read an awesome blog post discussing positivity and optimism?  The possibilities are endless.

Parents, ask this question of your children as you put them to bed or before they go to bed.  Get them to tell you all of the awesome things that filled their day.  You will teach them to focus on the positive and pick it out in a world laden with negative thoughts.  Plus, you will get to see those big smiles and hear them share these really fun-filled passionate stories.

Children, ask this question to your parents.  They are constantly bogged down by the stresses of the day, and hearing this question could allow them to perk up and smile, maybe for the first time all day.  They run and run and run working then taking care of the home.  They give and give and give while children often just take and take and take from them.  The more this question is asked, the more they will look forward to this part of their evening and sharing the great things that happened in their day with you.

Coaches and players ask this of one another.  It is a great way to bond and learn about one another.  It is a great way to find out how your team is doing and what is going on in their lives.  It can be a valuable resource that helps build camaraderie and team chemistry.

Friends, ask this of your other friends.  We often become sounding boards for our friends where they complain about all of the terrible things that happen in their day.  They come to us for advice, which we love to give, but we only hear the negative.  Asking this question, lets us know all of the great things happening in their life, and reminds our friends that while we are more than willing to offer advice on the bad things, that we appreciate hearing the good things too.

Ask this in your relationships.  This helps you learn about all of the things that your significant other loves and values throughout their day.  It helps you see that wonderful smile and all of the positive things that made you fall in love with that person in the first place.  Sharing in the things you love is one of the best ways to grow and deepen your commitment to one another.  This can start by simply sharing the things that you each have loved about your day.

So, what was the most special part of your day?  What made this day unlike any other?

Think about it, smile about it, and reflect on it.  Give your day a happy ending.  Then share it with me, because I am curious to know.

Bring your best today!

Love, Noah




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