We all know we need to make the most of every day, especially where our family is concerned.  “Seize the Day” is the battle cry for those who realize that we never know what will happen, we need to make every day count, and even if we live to be a hundred, don’t you want to Look Forward to Looking Back?

Some days I wake up with a passion for life, a real desire to make the day the best it can be.  Some days I don’t, I am tired or just not up to the challenge.  Getting enough sleep it usually a factor.  Also, being healthy in eating and exercise tends to affect mood and energy.  But what will it take to get the drive to make each day the best every day?

Some suggest posting a note is a place you will see it every day- beside a door, in your car, on the fridge.  I agree that a reminder somewhere is a key but don’t you just ignore the note after a while?  Seeing something every day seems to eventually cause it to blend into the landscape.  So perhaps multiple triggers work better, triggers that are less static.

How about your spouse and kids?  They are definitely not static and should be a reminder every day that you need to live life to the fullest.  The task at hand is to get your mindset in the right place, to look past all the here and now, the errands, the chores, the dirty clothes on the floor, dishes in the sink, schedules for soccer practice, tennis lessons, etc.  You need to be able to pull away from all the distractions long enough to see the big picture- and the big picture is making every day count so you can Look Forward to Looking Back.

So this is the challenge to myself and to you- do something, something with an impact, every day to make that day better than the last.  Try break free from the “breakfast-work-dinner-homework-bedtime” cycle long enough to do something that you can look back on the next day and say, “Yes, I did that yesterday and it was a positive influence in my life”.   The influence may be to your relationship with your spouse, your kids, your family- it can be anywhere but bu doing something every day and building on that by looking back every day will create a routine, it will train you and your mind to keep building on these events.  And every journey starts with the first step, followed by the next step, and so on.  And before you know it you are such a distance from your starting point that you can look back on your accomplishments with pride.

I will try to keep you updated on my steps in my journey- feel free to post me on yours.  You can post a comment here, send an e-mail to DaddyCast@gmail.com or call the hotline 804-SOS-LATE.  Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy the journey, make the most of each day and are Looking Forward to Looking Back.