Recently I received one of those questionnaires that friends send and this one was entitled “2008 Version of Getting to know your Friends.” One of the questions asked was: what is your favorite day of the year? My friend Carol had replied Christmas or 4th of July or Thanksgiving. So those were the first days that I considered, but no, they weren’t my favorite days. Then I thought about the other holidays and no I didn’t have a favorite there either. If it wasn’t a holiday maybe a season, like the first day of spring, but nope that didn’t do it. How about a day of the week, did I have a favorite day of the week? Regrettably no. Come on Donna you have to have one day that stands out more than the others. Unfortunately I don’t have one special day so I answered the question everyday. I felt a little guilty about this because it didn’t seem normal or perhaps it was pretentious to say everyday is my favorite day. The truth is I have let go of expectations. Favorite days come with expectations and expectations oftentimes lead to disappointments. I am quite happy getting excited each morning that I wake up. In fact being right here and present in each moment is so much better that wishing for that special day.
I was a child we use to sing a song at church “This is the day that the Lord
has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it, I will be glad and rejoice.” Psalm
118:24 says the same thing. Back then I was always waiting for something:
waiting for Christmas, waiting to turn ten, waiting to be able to date, waiting
to be old enough to drive, waiting to get my braces off, waiting to graduate,
and waiting to fall in love. I’ve stopped waiting; I’d rather say “What
about now? Let’s do it today.” Favorite day of the year, I say today!
“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.” Dan Millman