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Today You Are Here: Content

We were loading up for a walk to the FroYo shop on a perfect October afternoon. The kids I nanny for were chatting, stream of consciousness conversation coming out of both their mouths at the same time. “We can’t have an ant farm,” one of them told me, in a sad tone. “We can’t get any ants for it.” The other one jumped into the conversation. “But that’s ok,” he said. “We don’t have to have an ant farm. Maybe someday we’ll get one. But today is a good day anyway.”

Out of the mouths of babes, they say.

Today is a good day anyway.



I can’t think of the last time I woke up without wishing it was the weekend so I could sleep longer. I can’t remember the last day that went exactly as planned, that I felt like I had more than enough time to do all I wanted. I can’t remember ever feeling like I had every single piece of clothing I would like hanging in my wardrobe, every book I could hope for sitting on my shelf. I can’t remember a day that didn’t leave me with a twinge of longing for something more.

It might not be an ant farm but there is always something out there that we are wishing for. We might get it. We might not. We might find out that it wasn’t actually what we were hoping for and there is something else. We might realize that even if it is a good thing, we still feel a bit of emptiness. Like a kid on Christmas after all the presents were opened. We want something more.

Can we still say today is a good day anyway? With or without? Much or little? Plenty or in want? Do we know the secret of contentment?

They ate some Fro Yo, we stopped at the park, picked up some books at the library and headed home for the evening. When it was time for bed I kneeled at this bright and eager boy’s bed and we prayed. His prayer was full of gratitude. Thank you God, for this lovely day. For my parents, for my aunts, for my siblings, for my teacher, for a good day at school, for my babysitter. Amen, Hallelujah. I could only smile at this sweet, fragrant thanksgiving offered up to our heavenly Father.

We can only know contentment if we also know gratitude.

I got out of bed this morning, wishing for a few more hours under the warm covers. The tasks for the day are many and the time already feels short. It is grayer outside than I would like. I could list a few things that I am hoping for that I don’t have. I take out my pen and make a list of things I’m thankful for.

  • Warm coffee brewed while I’m still in bed
  • My husband’s goodbye kiss in the dark morning
  • Hot cereal with brown sugar
  • Clean clothes to put on
  • My pumpkin scented candle
  • Disney music
  • A cozy house on a chilly morning
  • Work that I enjoy
  • A faithful God

Today is a good day, anyway.

{This is a part of my Today You Are Here series. Join me over here for the 31 days of October as we practice being present together. Or enter your email address below to have updates sent directly to your inbox!}

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    October 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Great post, and when we think that way every day is a good day. I’m off to count my blessings!

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