Fall is all round where I live up in Alaska. I know it won’t last long, so I drink in every smell, every sight, every color, and every sound. For all too soon, the ground will be frozen solid and the landscape will change to majestic peaks displaying all their winter glorious coat of white, with jagged raw peaks with their blacks and purples where the winter winds have blown the snow as if a fine coat of dust.
The picture above makes me reflect and ask: Where am I heading? Am I doing the most important thing I can at THIS very moment? (Srini Rao) Do I LIKE where I am heading, and if so, why?
I smile, because, for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I am right exactly where I should be, AND I AM ENJOYING IT!! The last part of the former sentence is the caveat. For, I think while often times we ‘like’ where we are headed, we aren’t there yet – we are anxious, we are excited, we are nervous, yet often times not content, much less ‘enjoying’ the ride.
I woke up to the hues of autumn in all its glories of colors and smiled. I may not like the fact that I never know ‘who’ I will wake up to (aka: how or what my body will wake up to being); I may not like the frenetic pace that living with hidden ‘different’ abilities that my body takes me on (like to a gazillion appointments). But I love that I can rest in the fact that today is today. It is the ‘today’ I have been given, and I have the choice to make it the best day ever.
And today, I choose to make it the ‘bestest’ I know how.
I’ll smile more. I’ll make a few calls to encourage some people I know who are having a tough time. I’ll drop a couple snail mails to people not expecting them. I’ll cuddle under the covers a bit longer (because I can!); I will write some more on Book 2 (And Yet Another Day: turning life’s obstacles and adversity into opportunities and adventures); I’ll make some crock pot Chicken Tortilla soup and I will even venture out and let the dog take ME on 4 wheel ride. (OK, so he’s spoiled, and believes HE has to drive – but I admit, it’s getting harder for my arms to reach around him to reach the throttle and brake handles!)
What’s YOUR day going to bring? Gonna bring your ‘bestest’?!
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.