Today was a day off work and I had plans. As soon as I woke up the plans went awry and yet as the day played itself out, I was enjoying myself. This made me reflect on what makes a day feel great even when it is not as planned. Here’s what I found makes a day feel great to me – how about you?
- mind engaged
- time alone
- government worker unexpectantly being nice and treating me like a human
- time to do what I want
- eating when I want, what I want
- time to shop for something I want (not need)
- being needed (even for something I didn’t want to do)
- change of pace
- a surprise sighting of Jessica Simpson
I am a person of routine and most of the time I like it. Today was a day I could do whatever I wanted and I had it planned from 8am on. When I woke up and got ready for the day, I was notified of a crisis at work. This had the blessed effect of engaging my mind. Although the issue was not welcomed, the impact on me was so I didn’t wile away my time with a sleepy head and wondering where the hours had gone before I got going.
I had three errands to run – none of them went as planned – and yet each of the encounters resulted in an unplanned interesting interaction with someone I normally would not have met. I was out and about in an area of the city I don’t typically frequent because I wasn’t scheduled around getting to or from work, picking up kids from work, school, martial arts, or hockey, and the sun was out so I didn’t mind a bit of a drive during daytime hours when there was no traffic.
Oh, and one more thing I forgot – the traffic signs on the highway said “Express and Collector lanes moving well”. The message I though was merely myth.
(Highway 401 is the busiest roadway in North America, surpassing the Santa Monica Freeway in Los Angeles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Highway_401 )
The sighting of Jessica was on t.v. this morning, but if I hadn’t been off work, I would have missed seeing her!
May you have a calm, meandering, pleasant, rewarding day like I had one day soon. As I move into the hectic, frenetic, lively week-end of Thanksgiving with lots of family and two newborns, I will enjoy those days as they have a completely different impact on my body and soul.