Although it’s an intense time of year, I wasn’t feeling pressure today. It was a day that started off with a short pre-holiday to-do list, accomplished. Work wasn’t particularly demanding. It wasn’t snowy or rainy. I’m feeling fine and nobody’s sick. And I limited news exposure so outside influences didn’t intrude into my state of mind. Nothing exceptional happened.
So, why share this? Because today was wonderful in its ordinariness. It was simply living. No drama. No emergencies. No stomach wrenching stress, deadlines or unanticipated happenings. No place to hurry off to. Nothing much to report. It was just an ordinary day.
Often, I perceive days like this as boring. Or occasionally, upon reflection, feel I’ve wasted time. I tell myself that I should have set higher goals or could have achieved more. If there’s too much downtime surrounding the usual frenzy, I take a step into the existential and start contemplating questions about the meaning of it all. Basically, I create my own mental drama to fill the void.
But today I feel fortunate to have had this extra space and the accompanying calm. Wish I could bottle the feeling and let it out when needed, like my own personal serenity genie. I’m pleased I allowed time to be aware of feeling healthy and peaceful. With the holiday frenzy coming, I know I’ll long for this drama-free day. So, I’ve decided to recognize and appreciate it now.