It was kind of a shit day.
It was kind of like that book, Alexander and the no good, very bad whatever sort of awful day or something like that. It was a day like that. If that kids book was written for grown-ups, the title would only be it was a shit day.
We’ve all had them. Days where we wake up, we feel off, something happens followed by something else and then our feelings are compounded by something else and there you are, it’s that kind of day. I found myself having one of these days lately. The details aren’t important or maybe they’re irrelevant or perhaps they’re’ better suited for another chapter of this story - either way, here we are.
And then something changed. I asked Elsie about her day, with honest and genuine interest and with an honest and genuine response, she replied.
It was the best day ever.
And all of the sudden, through the beaming of her eyes and the openness of her heart, my day became the best day ever too.
And that’s it. That’s my entire point. We have the power to change the trajectory of someone’s day. Our energy is contagious. And let’s just sit for a moment and think about the kind of power that we really have.
It’s a lot. It’s gigantic. And that power, it’s important.
The photo above wasn’t taken by me. It was taken by Elsie. We had trekked for miles to the peak of a mountain for an overnight backpacking trip. Her first. While we stood together, we stared into the great beyond - focused on miles and miles of scenery, clouds floating on top of trees and other mountains greeting us in the far-off distance. And Elsie was taken aback by this flower.
That flower was at the tips of our toes and right under our eyes. Beauty isn’t far away and it’s easy to see if our eyes and our souls are open. It’s right here. And during each and every day, we should try to focus on what’s right in front of us, the positive things that create the good moments, the sweet seconds and we’ll see the tiny things turn into big things and before we know it, we’ll turn our shit days into the best days ever.
And then when someone asks you, be sure to remind them of that beauty.
That’s our power.