Today Is A Great Day To Be Alive

today is a great day to be alive

today is a great day to be alive

Just like every other day.

I woke up this morning in one of those moods. One of those moods where all I can do is smile and just love every moment of my life.

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the fact that every morning, I would wake up, look in the mirror, and tell myself that today was going to be a great day. But over the last two to three weeks, I have fallen out of this habit. Maybe, just maybe, that is why I have felt a little off.

But this morning, I made it my goal to reinstate that habit back into my life. I walked into the bathroom, brushed my teeth, looked in the mirror, smiled, and I told myself that today was going to be a great day.

The crazy part of this, is that the second that I told myself that today was going to be a great day, my day immediately got better. Not only did I say it, but I believed it. And because I believe it, I am now going to walk around all day long with that same belief. It is going to take a lot to bring me down.

It’s simple. Today is a great day because I said it is going to be.

I was blessed to wake up to yet another beautiful day in this journey that is called life. It’s not that I had to wake up early today, but I did because I knew that I had another opportunity in front of me to create the life for myself that I want to live.

I went upstairs and had the opportunity of seeing my niece before she left for daycare. Normally, I don’t see her until 6 o’clock at night. By then, I am usually too tired or too preoccupied to really spend quality time with her. That, or she is in her toddler mood and getting ready for bed.

After saying goodbye to my niece, I walked outside, inhaled the brisk fall air, and admired the colors of the changing leaves that had fallen on my windshield overnight. Now, it was time to challenge myself.

I had the luxury of starting my morning out by challenging my body and mind through a grueling and vigorous leg workout. While the workout was exhausting and left me in a great amount of pain, it also left me feeling satisfied and grateful that I have the opportunity every day to workout.

Following my morning gym session, I went and grabbed my morning cup of coffee, and drove over to visit my parents. My day got even better when I got to spend a good 30 minutes with the most important lady in my life, my mom.

After chatting for a while and hearing about her exciting news, I left, went home, and got ready for work.

Now, here I am at work. A place where I enjoy coming to, a place that acknowledges all of my hard work, and a place where I get to see some of my closest friends. It almost feels like I am in school again. The only difference, is now I actually get paid to be here.

Seems like a pretty typical day, right? But here is what I want everyone to realize and try to implement into your own life.

I have noticed something through my journey. When I wake up and tell myself that today is a great day to be alive, odds are that today will be freaking awesome. But when I forget, I am left without the extra boost of gratification in the morning. It is that boost that can be the difference between an amazing day, and just an okay day.

There is so much to be grateful for, and so much beauty in this amazing life. Sometimes, we just forget to acknowledge our blessings in between the hustle and bustle that consumes our days. But today, I am glad, humbled, and filled with gratitude. Today, I was able to slow down. I was able to appreciate the amazing world around me, and all of the incredible gifts that it holds.

So remember to slow down every once in a while. Be happy, be positive, and be grateful for the amazing gift that you are living. We never know when our time is expiring, so live today like it’s your last. No matter what the day brings, remember this. Just like every other day, today is a great day to be alive.

Michael Bonnell

10/5/2018

 

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