“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
How was your day today?
What are the key components of a “good day” for you?
Is that a hard question to answer?
Are you like “What? I don’t freaking know! I only have bad days!”
Wulp, as they say, knowing is half the battle.
So, I’ll share first (but really do want to know your answers too!) because when I have heard variations of what makes for a good day from dear people in my life, with whom I have REAL relationships, vulnerable, honest (sometimes brutally so), compassionate relationships, it has helped me refine how I approach things.
Knowing those things for others, and better defining them for myself helps me have a “good day” even when I’m heartbroken …
Or in physical pain ….
Or frustrated with things out of my control…
And yesterday was a day like that for me in many ways.
So, a (good – heck, yesterday was great!) day in the life of Sarah looks a little like this…
Early morning wake up so I can meditate first thing and then get outside to get some blue light, prayer and journaling to set my intention for the day, work (answering emails, corresponding with future & prospective clients, biz strategy & planning call with biz partner and bf, writing future blogs, etc), midday yoga with one of my favorite teachers (and people in general ) followed by lunch and heart to heart chat with her, back home for more work for some of my health coaching clients, then off to Aussie Footy practice to run around with a great group of women and get some beautiful fresh CO air in my lungs, then home again for dinner prepared with my husband which we enjoy sitting outside with our pup.
If I have some aspect of those 3 things in my day, then it is a good day. Not all days are good days, and when I look back, it’s usually because I’m missing one of those things in a big way.
Bonuses and pretty darn close to must-haves for me, too, are movement and fresh air (which I consider part of self-care), and time with my husband and pup (clearly part of social connection). Yoga, prayer, mediation, and journaling all fall into spirituality for me.
So, what are your “must haves” for a good day???
Please – SERIOUSLY please 🙂 – share below. We’d all love to know!
With love and hopes for a good day for you today and all days,
P.S. Spirituality, Self-Care, and Social Connection are the three elements of Resilience that Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas identifies (and corroborates with loads of research, no less) in her forth-coming book, Brave Strong & True: The Modern Warrior’s Battle for Balance, by Innovo Publishing. Kate and I are co-promoting our books together, which are set to be released this fall. (Mine will be the third and final edition of Just Roll With It: The 7 Battle-Tested Strategies for Creating a Ridiculously Happy, Healthy, and Successful Life.) Stay tuned for more details on where to meet us, how to attend one of our Resilience Retreats, or how to purchase our books. 🙂