One day like this a year will see me right

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

It feels like Buddha is the source of all wisdom as we continue through this global crisis. Some parts of the globe have faired better than others. Let’s not get into analysing why as I’ll stray into controversial territory. Whilst in the U.K. we look forward to reaching the light shining at the end of the tunnel and we ride the vaccination train of hope, New Zealand bounces to the beat of live music. Whilst the U.K. dithers about when to do what, how, and why, Perth in Australia lockdowns due to one COVID-19 case. Like I said, let’s not stray into analysis.

That said, I do take my hat off to all involved in the amazing roll-out of the vaccine across the U.K. And on the basis of taking my hat off, I’ll lay it here in the U.K., as that’s my home. For those old enough, that’s one to think about.

Welcome back to the view from the ground. The view is the same as it always was. But, then, is it?

A quick look back at Buddha’s words – Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”

So, with those words in mind do we live today like Groundhog Day or do we inspire ourselves to make today the best day we can?

That is, of course, dangerously assuming, in lockdown, our Groundhog Day isn’t a brilliant day already. Sorry, I guess I’m being a little self reflective – where everyday can just feel like ………………every other day. That’s not to say that every day I wake up, I’m not grateful. I’m very grateful!

Each week though brings moments of thinking ‘here we go again’. Wake; walk; work; walk; eat; work; walk / run / walk; eat; watch (TV); wash; sleep and do it all over again.

I’m sure millions feel the same – in that immediate moment of thought.

But, and it’s a big but. Not a big butt, or a cigarette butt, just a big but. Time to step outside the ‘poor me’ bubble, take look inside ourselves, as an outsider, and rethink that thought process.

So, referring back to the ‘every morning we are born again’ why do we allow ourselves to think ‘here we go again’? Why not just stop that thought process at ‘here we go!’?

Here we go – let’s make the most of the opportunity we have. Easier said than done? Of course! I am not a morning person at the best of times. And I’m a grumpy old man. But (let’s not go thrown the butt comments again), I’m not suggesting that we all bounce out of bed, arms in the air, shouting ‘yes, here we go, here we go, here we go’.

It’s just case of trying to turn the thought process around from I don’t want to get up, to just get up and own the day.

Try to intersperse the day with moments that matter. For those of us who currently have a job, we are lucky. But then, in that working day, when we have been sitting in the same space that we eat, or watch TV, or sleep, for months on end due to being locked down, set yourself milestones or rewards.

It’s simple – do it in steps.

Schedule time for exercise, through out the day. Walking, running, whatever makes you happy.

Plan your lunch. I like to pre-cook some pasta to have over the course of a couple of days and think about what to have on the other days. It’s better than just think, here we go again (again) and just grabbing something quick. Or nothing at all.

Don’t be glued to a computer screen. Get up, move, do something. Apart from anything, get a few steps in.

Allow yourself a treat. A nice coffee / tea – I drink tea all day but vary it up so each drink feels special, not functional. A biscuit. Some fruit. Whatever grabs your interest – within reason. But, don’t be a slave to worrying about the effects of a little treat. If you grab some exercise – bang, sorted. If you don’t, double bang, you’re had a nice treat, who cares.

Smile. Now, there’s irony. Advice from Jon Duke to smile. Mr. Grumpy himself. So, yes, this is advice to me as well. But, let’s have a reason to smile. To laugh. To skip joyfully through the meadow, singing at the tops of our voices. Well, okay, the skipping bit is for others. But to smile and to laugh. Let’s try it. I will if you will.

And, breathe. Sit back, close your eyes, think of something or someone that makes you happy. And breathe. That will hopefully also make you smile. But, just try it. Hold the thought and enjoy the moment.

To end your day, have some proper rest time. No work. No housework. Nothing. Just rest. Watch some TV – not the news; listen to some music; read a book. Whatever makes you happy.

Before you know, it’s time for bed. Where you can, hopefully, reflect on a good day. A better day.

Hopefully, it won’t just be one day like this that will see you right. Everyday will be like this, and then you’ll be right. You’ll be ready to throw those curtains wide, run up that hill. And believe it is a beautiful word.

Have a great day, and take care.

Jon

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