When I wake up in the morning, I like to wake up with a prayer and a thought. A prayer, to say “Dear God, a good day to you”. A thought, that the day will start off on the right note and continue to unfold into a great day. A simple prayer and a wonderful thought, that I believe will set me up for an excellent day filled with all the great things that life had to offer, if I would only give it a chance to do so. Of course, these days, with our baby in the picture, I don’t quite know when my day actually starts. So, I simply chose to wake up with a prayer and a thought, the very first time I wake up in the morning, no matter how early in the day it is.
Now, it wasn’t like this all my life. I didn’t always wake up with a prayer and a thought every morning. As I recall it, there were some days when I woke up with a spring in my step. Everybody I met, was great towards me. Nobody I came across, was bad towards me. Everything I did, went well. Nothing I did, went wrong. It truly started off as a wonderful day and ended even better than it started. I simply had a great day.
Then, there were the days when I dreaded the very idea of having to wake up. Everything I tried to do, went wrong. Nothing I did, went right and worst still ended badly. Everybody I met, seemed to have something against me. Nobody I came across, was willing to work with me, let alone help me. It started off as a bad day and ended up as an awful day, one best left forgotten. I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed and ended up simply having a horrible day.
It was the miserable days that made me wish for every day to be a great day. That, no day should be a bad day. If that was not possible, I desired to have as few bad days as it was humanly. I used to wonder how I could achieve this. I mean, who wouldn’t, right? I considered long and hard about the good and wonderful days that I had. I then pondered deeply and reflected thoroughly on the not so good days that I had.
As I thought about the days of my life, a number of things came to my mind. Each day, had the ability to be a great day. Every day, can be a wonderful day. None of the days needed to be considered as a miserable day. Each day, could start off on a good note. Every day, may turn out to be the best day yet. None of the days had to end badly. The key was figuring out how I can achieve this.
I realised that some of my best days were on the days where I thought early in day, that it was going to be a great day. The wonderful days came about on days where, I told myself that this was a going to be a good day. The days when nothing seemed impossible came about on days where I had the inkling that, I am capable of doing anything that I set my mind on. The memorable days came about on days where I reminded myself early in the day that, I was going to do very well on that day.
The good days also came about on the days when I took the trouble to wish other people well. A simple good morning to my wife, put a smile on her lovely face, which in turn put a smile on mine. A simple greeting to the guard at the entrance of the building, brightened his face up, which in turn brightened mine. A simple word to the cleaner in the building, seemed to have lightened up her load for the day, which in turn seemed to have lightened mine. Such small but simple gestures and actions, seemed to lead towards the feeling of confidence and believe that it was going to be a great day.
Thus, I concluded that it might just be possible to set the conditions right, for me to have a good day ahead and by doing that, I might just help others have a good day themselves. I just had to start the day by waking up on the right side of the bed. All I had to do was to say good things to others and think of great things for the day. With that, I am giving myself the ability to start my day right, allowing me the possibility of having a great day ahead.
And so, with that, I decided to start my day with a prayer and a thought. A prayer, to say “Dear God, a good day to you”. A thought, that the day will start off on the right note and continue to unfold into a great day. After all, what harm can come from that?
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