“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
~ A.A. Milne
A few Sundays ago I was at Lululemon for the community yoga class, a typical way I like to start my Sunday mornings, and the instructor started off the class with this quote from Winnie-the-Pooh. The instructor didn’t say anything more about the quote and simply asked us to take it in and think about how it can help us be present today in our yoga practice.
Well, a couple of weeks later I am still thinking about what Pooh said to Piglet and not only how it can help my yoga practice, but my general outlook on life as well. For me yoga is as much an exercise for your body as it is your mind. I like to incorporate yoga into my fitness routine once a week to help myself slow down and be present. It helps me connect my mind to my body, but also helps me set an intention for my practice and the day ahead. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to realize that adopting the mind/body connection that yoga provides into my everyday life, could help me become more present as I go about my day.
There are so many days that I am just going through the motions and aimlessly trying to check things off my to-do-list. Wake up, work out, make breakfast, walk the dog, go to work, run any after-work errands that I have, walk the dog again, make dinner and maybe have time to fit in a tv show or some reading. At the end of my day, can I look back and say that I was fully present? Most of the times, no. Not to mention, any number of things could go wrong in my day, like a bad day at work or my dog eating my new pair of uggs, that can ultimately leave me frustrated and wishing for tomorrow to come. We each have our own schedules and some are much busier than others, but what are we getting out of our day and time on earth if we can’t appreciate what the day has to offer, even on the bad ones?
Like Pooh, I want to wake up and feel that today is my favorite day. Even on the not so great days there are so many things to be grateful for. These precious moments are sprinkled into all of our days and if we aren’t present in our day they will pass us by. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to miss them!
Today is my favorite day …
…because even though I had a busy day and was stressed I wouldn’t get everything done, I came home from my errands to a spotless apartment that my wonderful husband had spent hours cleaning because he knew I needed help.
…because even though my “sweet” puppy got into my uggs and ripped them to shreds, he jumped on the couch to cuddle with me and nuzzle his head in my lap to say he was sorry.
…because even though I was at Whole Foods for 2 hours on a Saturday trying to get everything I needed for a get-together at my place that night, the check out clerk was so incredibly friendly that I couldn’t help but smile. His kindness truly touched me when he ran out to my car to bring me an item I had left in my rush to get home and told me to “have a wonderful day.”
So despite how busy you are or how bad your day could be going, take a moment and be present. Find the good in your day and decide that today will be “my favorite day.”