It is often said that a life should be lived without regrets. However, this is something that is easier said than done. Just going through the motion of the daily grind is easy and quite often the choice that we make every day. How can we start to look at each day as an opportunity rather than routine?
Personally, my daily routine Monday through Friday is pretty much a well-oiled machine:
· Wake up at 5:30 a.m.
· Cook breakfast
· Make lunches
· Get ready for work
· Work 8-5
· Start dinner
· Clean up
· Free time
· Go to sleep
Although there is nothing wrong with routine, after awhile it can become boring and unsatisfying. In my daily grind, I have tried to make it more of a joy than drudgery. For instance:
When I wake up and go to sleep, I thank God that I have another day to live and enjoy the life given me
When making lunches for my family, I often will put a note in their lunch box telling them how special they are to me.
While on the job, I work hard yet I try to take time to get to know my co-workers on a more personal level.
Meal time at our house is always at the dinner table. This is a perfect time to gather and share the events of the day. Some of my favorite memories are of laughter and talking at dinner time.
Make your “free” time count. Do something that you enjoy. Whether it is reading, exercising, social media or simply watching a movie; it is important to wind down from your busy day.
It is never too late to make changes in your life to make it more meaningful and satisfying. There are so many opportunities that are placed before us daily that we often ignore by just simply being too busy. Re-examine the “ordinary” things that you do and make then extraordinary. With a little effort, you can feel better about your day and at the same time make someone else’s day better.