Monday, March 26, 2012

23 ways to appreciate an ordinary day...

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By the end of the day tomorrow, I will have driven more than 400 miles in just a little over 48 hours.  Not a huge feat, but tiring.  In between all the driving there is a lot of work.  It's good work...important work...but I find the driving hard...monotonous...thank goodness for a good novel on my iPod and the audio system in my car.

While we were visiting at one of the campuses today, the centerpiece in the middle of the table - particularly that gorgeous pink flower - caught my eye.  During our lunch break, I grabbed the camera to catch a few shots of it.  Taking just that moment to appreciate the beauty of these flowers made me think of all the ways you can make an ordinary - or even less than ordinary (try rotten if it's what you're having) day - just a little better:

  1. Appreciate the sunrise
  2. Savor the sunset
  3. Smell a flower...pretty much any flower will do
  4. Share a kiss or hug with someone you love
  5. Read a great book (even a good one will do)
  6. Listen to your favorite song
  7. Sing your favorite song, at the top of your lungs
  8. Open the sunroof (do number 7 while the sunroof is open)
  9. Open a window...enjoy the sounds of a windchime
  10. Open a window...enjoy the sounds of baby birds chirping
  11. Enjoy the gorgeous flowering trees of this beautiful spring we're having
  12. Cut yourself a bouquet of fresh tulips
  13. Cut another one of fresh daffodils...they won't be here much longer
  14. Send a friend a text that just says you're thinking of them.  Cheering up someone else will cheer you.
  15. Call your mother
  16. Pet your cat
  17. Pet your dog
  18. Go for a walk in the park
  19. Exercise...just doesn't really matter what
  20. Eat something divine
  21. Write in your journal
  22. Doodle
  23. Go to bed early
How do you turn a less than great day into something wonderful?  Something to be remembered?  

Have you heard of the Scintilla Project?  If not, you can find out more here.  From March 14 to 28th...or as their motto so beautifully says "a fortnight of storytelling", I'll periodically be blogging using their prompts.  Want to see more of my Scintilla Inspired posts...check these out:

Scintilla Day 1: Life is a series of firsts
Scintilla Day 2: I wanna be me when I grow up...
Scintilla Day 3 &4:The story that won't be told and the story of every day

1 comment:

  1. Kara, I love your list of 23! These are so simple yet so powerful.


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