“I’ve had a long day, Sammy.”
My then-ten-year-old: “Actually, all of your
days are the same, Mother. It
your perception that is changing.”
A few years ago,
I came home from my office and I was wiped
out. The week had been hectic, and in
additional to professional challenges, I had some emotional challenges,
too. My daughter leapt out to greet
me. She was not challenge wrought. She was speaking
excitedly, each sentence
hitting a higher octave than the one before.
Quickly, she rattled off an ambitious list of things she wanted to do
the few hours before bed.
“I’ve had a long
She replied with
the simple sentence I shared above.
“Actually, all of your days are the same,
Mother. It is just
your perception that
As she skipped
off toward the kitchen, I couldn’t help but
laugh to myself. My daughter seems to
have inherited my interest in how people think, and what people think.
And in this instance, her ten-year-old mind
was very much on target. My day couldn’t
have been any longer than the one before, or the one to come next.
My perception of what was within that day was
overwhelming me – not the day itself.
realizing that it is our perception of life, and not
life itself, that troubles us makes it easier to climb to a better
I quickly adapted
my thinking. Instead of being “wiped out” by the day, I
decided to appreciate all I had accomplished emotionally and
during it. (And to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep!)
“tough days,” appreciate all you have faced and accomplished. Reward yourself with a
positive thought and
bit of extra self-attention and care.
appreciate all life gives me each day.