Will it Be a Good Day?

shutterstock_178261493I woke up this morning and wondered if it would be a good day. Meaning, I wondered if things would go my way, if I would be able to accomplish all the tasks on my list without too many obstacles or annoying interruptions.

And then I realized today would be exactly as good as I allow it to be. It will be as easy as my own acceptance of what already is. It will be as kind to me as my ability to stay awake and see kindness. It will go my way to the precise extent that I give up on it going any particular way at all.

So why do I do this? Always imagine that the outside world and what happens or doesn’t, what is said or not said, what gets done or is left undone, should determine the state of my heart?

Why not rather humble myself and begin with nothing in the way of expectations and judgments about how this day unfolds?

Why not rather let go of the idea that this is wonderful and that is awful and surrender instead to the truth that every single hour contains exactly what it should and everything I need to be content already resides in my soul.

I think that’s my new plan for the day.

Comments

  1. You know, I’ve noticed I have come to feel the same way about decisions in my life. I laughingly told a friend a couple of weeks ago that my prayer life has matured over the past twenty years. I used to say:

    “God, do you want me to do this?”

    Then:

    “God, should I do this or that?”

    Then:

    “If it is/isn’t your will, God, give me a sign. In the absence of receiving a word, I will use the intelligence and skillset you have given me to make the best decision I can, and give You all the glory.”

    Now that I’m over forty:

    Hey, God…I got this thing coming up–just let me know what you want.
    I’ll wait. ;)

  2. Valerie Vicari says:

    A good plan, Heather :D xoxo Valerie

  3. I’m reading this while my son is making our dogs bark sharply in play right at my feet…Sister, I’m trying to see that “every single hour contains exactly what it should and everything I need to be content already resides in my soul” …I’m trying! :)

  4. OfCourseItWillBeGood! says:

    Only God knows Why God does What God does. And God always gets the Last Laugh. :-)

    God

  5. So good. I will be printing this and hanging it at my desk at work. This is one of those things that I think I need to read daily.
    Thank you!

  6. Heather,

    I am so grateful that you have started blogging again!! I have not commented before today, but I have been lurking….and I could not let this one go without saying thanks for the authenticity you bring. My best days are those days that I accept exactly as are and knowing that no matter what….it’s all going to okay. On a good day, I have no need to judge (people or situations) and let my world unfold around me and just do the next right thing…one baby step at a time.
    Thanks again,
    Rhonda
    PS This coming from a girl who could get her feelings hurt sitting alone in a room. Today, I try not to conjure “stories” around situations…..my “stories” are so off base. Ha! Ha!

  7. I wish!

    How do you accomplish this when your daily “must do’s” require more hours to accomplish than there are hours in the day. I have, (me, myself, and I) put myself in a situation that is untenable, and I am desperately trying to figure out how to resolve it, because I cannot sustain this level of activity much longer. Let’s just say the wreckage of my miserable way with money is catching up to me and now the piper must be paid, one way or the other. It all goes back to addictions. If I am not eating, I am spending, and sometimes I am doing both, and now it has all caught up with me. You know what gets me the most, I know better. I have done this, been set free, stayed free for years, and then like the dog returning…well, I am sure you know the rest of that Scripture.

    I have not, however, given up hope, each day is a new day, a new chance to do it right, and His mercies are new every morning, and boy,do I need that!

    Smiles and blessing today, at least I am not trying to kill someone or something and I am not crying in my milk so it is a good day.

    • Nancy, that’s a great question you ask in your first line. The answer–which I rarely remember, by the way–is that it helps to think about exactly how much it will improve things and speed things along and help me get more done if WIG OUT. The answer is always the same: Not at all. It’s hilarious how our nervous system remains convinced of the idea that worry and anxiety are called for and even necessary if we’re ever going to survive the chaos. Of course, the opposite is true. As with most of these things, I usually get it backwards. I just love your honest comments. Thank you SO much for saying what so many readers are thinking. You’re just too cool.

  8. Marjie Douty says:

    YES! I want that too!

  9. I had a similar epiphany this week. Yesterday, upon waking, I realized it’s Tuesday, stupid, not Wednesday. Not as close to Friday as I had hoped (I work.). Over coffee, I began to contemplate why do we automatically judge our days – as if the best times will only happen if it’s the weekend and the rest is just drudgery. I reminded myself that no matter what, God is in control, and has a good plan for my life. There will be ups and downs – and some weekdays could be UP days too! Yesterday and today, smack dab in the middle of my workweek, have been awesome days. And for that, I am thankful.

    • Love what you say here, Mary. I think we all do this. We all hinge part of our mood or happiness on something that is uncertain and make assumptions that aren’t true. You’re so Right that Monday can be the BEST day if we’re willing to surrender to whatever happens and look for the good. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

  10. Yes!

  11. I love this. Rather than live in expectation, I am free to live in anticipation. Good or bad isn’t the issue because all is redeemable. We are free to live inside the “verb of relationship”, namely, trust.

    Trust is about who we trust, not what we are trusting for.

  12. teetotaltexas says:

    “Why not rather let go of the idea that this is wonderful and that is awful and surrender instead to the truth that every single hour contains exactly what it should and everything I need to be content already resides in my soul.” -You

    Why, you ask??? Because I must JUDGE EVERYTHING!! Black/white, good/bad, either/or– there must be a superior and an inferior, success/abysmal failure, no middle road anywhere!
    What you’re describing sounds like CONTENTMENT. like peace. like you listen to the voice of hope when we all know that reasonable, rational folks strain through each day always dissatisfied and petty and frustrated that nothing can be fixed or better or perfect.
    Here I am banging my head against a sooty, gritty, flesh-lacerating brick wall, and you’re suggesting if I just turn around I might behold a wide open, lovely field of wildflowers and sunshine… What a preposterous idea, when I could instead choose this brick wall, as I do every single day!

    (i.e. maybe I needed to hear this message today, every day, and every minute until something in me starts believing it’s possible. thanks for your writing. i found you through a friend’s blog and I’m so grateful for everything I’ve managed to read on your blog so far!)

  13. Amen sista!! I so needed this today, right nowwwwwwwwww!!

  14. This helps bring a sense of expectation and wonder to your day, right? Enjoy!

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