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December 25th, 2018
Imagine for a moment if you had a perfect record of everything that has happened on every January 3rd during your life. The older you are, the more likely there was one particular January 3rd that was particularly good, or that had something special happen, but for whatever reason, isn’t remembered happening on precisely that day.
Who, for example, remembers the day they had their first kiss? Or knows the day we took our first steps? Or learned to tie our shoelaces?
Birthdays and anniversaries get marked out on the calendar for special recognition along with all the other standard holidays, but we rarely add more to the calendar in order to honor in future years.
And yet, if we were to have a perfect catalogue of what has happened on each day or our years, we might realize that most days have some link to an interesting or wonderful moment in the past.
How much better would a random day in March be if we began the day with the realization that we are celebrating our own private holiday to commemorate the first time we cracked a joke that made others laugh, or a day that started a meditation habit that has followed us through the years, or any number of accomplishments or delightful events that have occurred in life. Surely in years of living we’ve amounted a few hundred reasons to look back and smile. And yet we rarely put conscious effort into this kind of gratitude.
One day, perhaps, we will have augmented memories that enable us to catalogue the events of our lives perfectly, and we would be able to form a precise calendar that honors our time alive.
In the meantime, the point should still stand as a salient reminder that there are countless reasons to celebrate the difficult gift of being alive. Not being perfectly cognizant of the events of every single January 3rd might be a blessing since our distribution of events worth honoring might not be even across the year. Ignorance in this case can perhaps allow us to wonder every morning what development in our life occurred 7 or 17 years ago on that date. Even without knowing specifically, we can hold to the fact that regular days are packed with such developments. And in such case, every day becomes a holiday. One worth celebrating, no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in.
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