Money and time isn’t keeping me from putting the ‘I’ in ideal. I can’t shift the responsibility past my own reflection...
J. McKay / At a very complex and, shall I say, ‘shadowed’ point in my very recent past, a professor of mine gave our small class of grad students the task of identifying what the components of an ideal day would be for us. Perhaps because I was amused by the irony of such a contrast in thinking about an ideal day on a less than ideal day which was sandwiched somewhere near the caboose of a whole train of similarly sub-par days, I actually completed the task.
I was surprised by the conclusion of my rumination. On this particular day, the realist part of my personality led the discussion and I kept my thoughts on what would be an ideal iteration of my regular day-to-day. The bottom line was that with few exceptions the components of my ideal ‘grind’ required little time or money—both of which are often primary excuses I give for not being as happy as I would like to be.
For example my ideal day starts early—earlier than I almost always start my day (by my own choice). My ideal morning continues with exercise and writing again both of which are free and don’t take long yet I regularly ‘pass’ on. My TV takes my ideal day off but it rarely does. My kids and wife get quality time that they often don’t. My shirt and slacks are ironed; my meals haven’t passed from freezer to microwave…I could continue but your keyboard is complaining that your forehead is smashing it.
Money and time wasn’t and isn’t keeping me from putting the ‘I’ in ideal. I can’t shift the responsibility past my own reflection. Nothing is keeping me from bright days, even when the sun doesn’t shine, but me. Not to say such self-control and motivation are easier said than done. Talk is cheap but saying it is a start. I’ll keep you posted on what follows.