Words, thoughts, and quotes. I love them.  I’ve been a collector of words since back in high school. Within a special notebook, I carefully wrote each quote under a topic header.  I’ve always loved how words play with my thought process, give me insight into someone else’s mind and often bring a new perspective to an old idea. The meaning and interpretation behind words have always been a welcome challenge to me.

Today’s post reminds me of Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” Each day is a gift and we have but one chance to make the most of it. This is for you word lovers who might want a little more encouragement or motivation to make today count, it’s also for anyone else who is searching for a little bit of light on a dark day.  You can do this!

Begin each day with a grateful heart. - Roy Bennett Click To Tweet

This simple equation is a great way to start your day.

Count your blessings = comfort, joy, and happiness.

Expressing your gratitude on a regular basis is like taking a daily supplement of vitamins. An attitude of gratitude has a positive effect on your mental health, brain function, and overall well-being. Choosing Gratitude makes everything a little better.

Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality. - Les Brown Click To Tweet

We’ve talked about this one recently.  How often do you let the grumpy store clerk influence your day? It is easy to get set off when someone’s attitude rubs off you. Don’t internalize and let your thoughts take you off on some new reality trip. Choose to let their opinion slide off of you. Say, “No Thank You” and walk away.

It's never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot Click To Tweet

If I didn’t believe this I’d still be trying to figure out what to do with my life. Your past is your past, and your future is still waiting for you to make it.  Too often we allow our past to determine what we think we can or cannot do. It reminds me of when my grandson learned to walk.  He didn’t think about all the times he fell and bumped his head, he kept focused on what he wanted to do and made it happen. Persistence, determination, and vision make a recipe for success.

Never regret a day in your life. Click To Tweet

Good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.Sukhraj S. Dhillon

It’s okay to have a bad day.  In fact, if you’ve never had one, something might be wrong with you. Allow yourself to feel your emotions just don’t let them take over and define your life. Each day has something to offer, embrace the good, bad and ugly, learn from them and begin again tomorrow.  

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. –Unknown Click To Tweet

Sometimes we have a tendency to get stuck.  Maybe our last chapter was something wonderful or possibly heartbreaking – either way life continues. When we get lost in the past we inadvertently allow it to control our future. Don’t get me wrong – the past is not all bad! We can occasionally revisit the past in attempts to learn and grow from choices we make, but if your past is keeping you from enjoying your present or looking forward to the future you might need to look at moving on.

 

What helps you make the most of each new day?

Lori Jackson

Owner, Curator, and Author at Choosing Wisdom
I’m a wife, mother, friend, and storyteller. I have a love for learning, giggling with my grandson and tandem biking with my husband. I believe wisdom goes beyond being smart or having basic knowledge. It is the culmination of experiences that help us become. While each of our challenges may be unique, we have the opportunity to choose how we will react, learn and grow. My journey has taught me that I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a voice to share what I’ve learned. Life can either teach us or defeat us – the choice is ours.

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14 thoughts on “You’ll Never Have This Day Again: 5 Tips to Make it Count”

  1. I love these quotes and this post has inspired me to be more mindful of my days. It’s so important to remember to live in the moment and appreciate what you have.

  2. This post speaks to me! I am definitely a word/quote person. I’ve been filling notebooks with them since I learned how to write. This was a great read with a lot to think about. I’m going to be sharing the George Eliot quote with a friend I think could use it. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad Brittany! I was hesitant to even write this post – it felt too easy in some ways to just share some words that I love:) I’m glad to have kindred lover of quotes!

    1. What a wonderful way to look at the start of the day – and open heart! Being able to receive and give through out our day can help so much!

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