Today: A Unique Day

Today is Unique

You’ve never had this day before and you’ll never have it again. Sure, you’ve had days like it but you’ve never had this day; the one you’re in right now.

Naturally, you might think I’m being deep and philosophical when I say this but I’m not, I’m being literal. Practical. Of course, there’s a sense of familiarity and predictability about today but that feeling says nothing about the possibilities and potential of this day and everything about you because like every day, this one is not predetermined.

It’s you determined.

It might feel the same but it isn’t. It’s totally new. Original. Unique.

Of course you can choose, act, react, think and communicate just like you did yesterday (and most people will) – and therefore, you’ll probably create very similar outcomes – but again, that’s about you; not the day. Despite what you may have been taught, there are no (universal) good and bad days.

There are just days.

Now, before you try to prove me wrong (“but Craig, what about the woman who gets diagnosed with cancer?”), hit the pause button on your non-negotiable thinking for a moment and allow yourself to look through a different window. Is it possible that, as things happen (to you, around you), you label them based on your world view, beliefs, fears, standards, etc., you then react to those things, give those things meaning and finally, after all your labeling, assessing and processing, you somehow determine whether today is a good day or bad one?

That is, you create your own experience? Your own reality?

A Hypothetical

Your phone and wallet have been stolen while taking your early morning swim and, as a result, you’re having “the worst day ever”. You drive to work in a bad mood and you’re about to throw yourself a pity party when a colleague informs you that your boss has just been rushed to hospital after suffering a massive heart attack. In a matter of seconds you experience a major internal shift. Your enormous problem is now tiny. Insignificant. Your outlook changes completely and all of a sudden, your terrible day is now relatively fantastic (when compared with the day your boss is having). Well technically, the day is the same (of course) but in the middle of it, you are different. Well, to be more precise, your thinking is different which means your experience has changed.

Which means your day has changed.

The Manager vs The Managee

Is it possible that you’re living a reactive (wait and see what happens) type of existence rather than a proactive (I’ll determine the quality of my own day thanks) type of existence? Could today simultaneously be my ‘best day ever’ and your ‘total nightmare’? And finally, could it be that a good or bad day on Planet You is more about your personal interpretation of, and response to, certain (otherwise meaningless) happenings, events and outcomes, than the actual happenings, events and outcomes themselves?

Like yesterday, today is a blank canvas and like it or not, you’re going to paint something.

The question is, what will be hanging in your gallery tonight?

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Mel November 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Like yesterday, today is blank canvas and like it or not, you’re going to paint something.

The question is, what will be hanging in your gallery tonight?

Love this!

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Teresa November 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Yes, your right. It’s my birthday! And your article is the icing on the cake. Thanks.

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Suu November 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Hope your birthday has had you making great memories.
xxoo

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Teresa November 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thankyou Suu!

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Craig November 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Happy Birthday Teresa! :)

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Teresa November 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thankyou!

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chebbieanne November 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

My days lie somewhere between reactive and proactive in the more adaptive realm. I think the ability to adapt to things going on around you is an important skill. Events in the day can upset plans, things outside your control happen but if you can take them in your stride and adapt your behaviour, expectations and satisfaction level there are no bad days just days that challenge you more than others. Some days I can paint like Monet or Rubens whilst other days I can barely sketch, I lose my brushes and kick the paint over. Today I am still staring at the canvas looking for inspiration. :)

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Anon November 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I see you point about others suffering being worse, but, it is not nice to have the wallet stolen, they can keep the cash it’s the cards and bits that are annoying. As for the phone meh, insurance is your friend :)

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Grasshopper November 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Love it! We get what we think about! My favourite subject! Our thoughts create our reality! If we all spent more time doing some visualisation, creating vision boards/creative boxes, we would feel more in control of the experiences we attract. Unfortunately most people, me including think it’s a terrific concept but don’t put it in to practice, instead just reacting to what we think life gives us when if fact we have far more control than we think we have, thoughts become things. Instead of listening to our higher self we settle for what we think is our reality and let life happen to us rather than creating the life we would really like!
Always my messenger Craig, it’s like exercise we like the thought of it & what it brings but we often fail to give it our focus & make it happen. We always have a choice & more often than not take what we think is the easy way out! thank you! You make me wake up! Master…..grasshopper x :) Carpe Diem! I will pass this way but once!

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Suu November 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I like looking back on yesterdays. Nothing gets me down anymore as I go along this roller-coaster ride of life and positive thinking.
Yes, I have days where I get hot under the collar about something but I pretty quickly turn it around and think of the positive that lurks within any situation.
I LOOOOOVE LIVING!!! :) :) :)

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Anonymous November 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Sometimes I really do just have bad/unhappy days!

I think you can’t totally ignore the environment the individual lives in – so politics, culture, morals, ethics all come in to making up an individual’s good day to an extent.

I hope your day is a good/happy one.

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Matt November 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Today my canvas will have no wine or crappy food on it.

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Suu November 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

WTG Matt. Did you make it through the day?

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Kayley November 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

Wonderfully written Harps. I have been trying to live everyday as if its a good day for a while now and its certainly better than the other crap! I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life and can’t wait for what the future holds but today is a good day (even if it is just a “day”) and I am smiling. Hope everyone else can find something to smile about as well. :)

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Robbo November 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

You are so much easier to understand than Eckhart Tolle! Loved this article and as it turns out, needed it too. Thanks.

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

That’s quite the endorsement Robbo! Made me laugh. :)

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Leanne November 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I’m sorry Craig, but this is the first time I disagree with you. My dearest and only brother was just going on a charity motorcycle ride on Friday 2nd November. He was not speeding, he is a very experienced rider and hit a large pot hole, lost control of his bike. He’s in hospital with a broken neck, complete damaged spinal cord. Will not walk or move his arms again. I call that a BAD DAY. I cannot interpret that day in any other way, but the worse day of my family’s life.

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I don’t blame you Leanne (for disagreeing). Blessings to you, your brother and the rest of your family. As a motorcyclist, my heart goes out to your brother. Hugs for you. ( )

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Natalie November 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

ME, Smiley and Happy and enjoying helping others at the neighbourhood house.

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