You know, we’re always going to have good days and bad days. It’s how we use our good days that will determine how we get through the bad ones.
If I were to ask you how many good days you had in 2012 and how many bad days, most likely, you would not be able to provide an accurate account.
Here’s my point—if it’s important enough, you’ll remember it. So, back to my original question—How many bad days have you had this year, and how many good days? If you were to seriously ponder this question, you would probably conclude that you have had more good days than bad.
Let’s make this even simpler. It’s still January. How many good days have you had so far this year and how many bad days? Some of us don’t even know what we had for dinner last Tuesday, let alone last night! Now, you might not think what you ate for dinner is worthy of using up brain matter right now, but it is for someone who may not have had a meal since then, or for someone who needs to follow a strict diet for health reasons.
Everything we go through has made us who we are today, and who we are today is merely preparation for who we will be in the future.
If every day we occupy this earthly space were viewed as an opportunity to grow more into who God made us to be, we would embrace every experience and lesson learned as extraordinary gifts in beautifully wrapped packages.
Have you ever received an unexpected gift? A package delivered to your door? How elated you must have been to be the recipient of such a thoughtful gesture.
Every day we receive a gift–a gift of experience wrapped in a nice pretty package. It’s available for us to open. A funny thing about wrapped gift boxes, we never know what’s inside until we open them. Sadly, many people collect gifts that remain unopened. You have an opportunity to discover lessons learned. Each lesson learned allows you to open one more gift.
If your careful reflection of the days gone by has resulted in the identification of more bad days than good, I encourage you to begin capturing your days in writing through the practice of journaling. Every day, ask yourself the question, “What Did I Learn Today?” You will be amazed at the gifts you unwrap through this simple, yet thought provoking effort. (By the way, life is simple, we just make it complicated.) I refer to this journal writing style as “Lessons Learned”.
It’s not until we take the time to truly reflect on our day to day experiences that we begin to understand who we really are. Once we have a better understanding of who we are, we can become a willing participant in plans for a better future, one that allows us, and equips us to be all that God has made us to be.
Pamela Byrd is a Spiritual Life Coach and Journaling Practitioner. She is a staunch advocate for human potential and partners with individuals in learning how to develop the discipline of personal journaling as a tool for personal growth . She has been journaling since she was 11 years old and conducts highly interactive journaling workshops both live and virtually for groups, churches and a variety of organizations.