Today is 08-08-08 – make it a perfect day!
People are always bidding each other farewell with the words “Have a good day.” That’s nice, but what if they said “Have a perfect day!” Wouldn’t that be even better?
For at least 15 years I’ve made a habit of periodically gauging my daily “joy quotient” by writing out “My Ideal (or perfect) Day.” It hasn’t changed all that much from year to year, except that I’m “RETARD” and have a few more hours to spend on things I really want to do rather than HAVE to do.
Here’s my Ideal Day in the year 2008 – not that you care, I understand. But there’s a point to all this if you can wade through.
5-7 a.m. Make coffee, grab my journal and begin writing what I must do in the day ahead. I also do a daily devotional from a monthly magazine I receive from Charles Stanley (a television minister) and attempt to meditate for at least 15 minutes. When you have attention deficit disorder like I do, this is the hardest part of my day, but when I actually do it, I am much more centered and accomplish more than when I don’t.
7 – 8 a.m. Begin my street walking routine. Yes, I’m a street walker. I take Lucky and Rebel out for about 15 minutes, then dump them back at the house and continue on my own. This is when I attempt to solve the problems of the world and curse the traffic which grows more congested with each passing year.
8 – 10 a.m. Piddle and putter in the yard or house – depending on which is the messiest.
10-11 a.m. Shower, paint on my war paint and go forth into the world to do battle.
11 – 1 p.m. Run errands, or meet a friend for lunch. Sometimes I just go to the bookstore or library and see if I can find a good murder mystery or something to inspire me to improve upon my days (or should it be daze?)
1 – 2:30 p.m. Get in my big ole chair and a half with a good book – I usually slip into a 30-minute power nap from which I emerge fresh and ready for anything.
2:30 – 6 p.m. Practice on my musical instruments or work on my book. This is the area that causes internal conflict. I no longer have any musical instruments and I change my mind daily about what my book will be about. So basically I do nothing – sometimes I make some brownies and eat them all to assuage for the guilt of doing nothing productive as well as the regret of eating all those calories. For me, these are the witching hours and my least productive – even when I was working.
6 – 7 p.m. Watch “Everybody Loves Raymond” and laugh my head off.
7 – 9 Read or watch television or go out with friends.
9 – 10 p.m. Walk Lucky and Rebel again (very briefly) and get ready for bed. I usually drift off with a book in my hand way before I intend to which means I wake up early – between 4 – 5 .m. and do it all over again.
The idea behind this activity is to get you to see what is realistic and where your life is falling short of your ideal existence. The simple act of planning your ideal day can help you to be honest with yourself about what it is that really matters, and how to reconfigure your life around those priorities.
I have a three and one half hour “time over-run” which I need to feel better about. Most people would kill for this amount of time to kill! I guess I should just be grateful. Maybe I could volunteer to work at the museum or take a class. Or go out and pick up trash on the streets so I won’t have to look at it tomorrow during my street walking. I don’t know. Let me get back in my big ole chair and see if inspiration comes.