Good Day

“Today is a good day to have a good day.”
Store Sign

“Act differently than you feel.”
Ed Agresta

A story: Where I live, yesterday might not have qualified as a “good day” for a lot of people. It was gray. It was rainy. It was on the cold side. It was a Tuesday, which is my day for a jog according to a little weekly schedule I’ve set up. Jogging helps boost my energy, which helps my writing. I opened the door and looked outside. My feet said “yes,” but my head said “no.” I checked my iPhone weather app and Wednesday looked more promising. “I’ll run Wednesday,” I said to myself.

Inertia kicked in. I sat down with a cup of coffee and an inspirational book I read every morning. I was warm and cozy. Then I pulled out my iPhone again and checked the temperature: 45 degrees. Great for running. “Today’s Tuesday — I’m going,” I said  to myself. Before I could change my mind, I put on my running gear, poured my coffee into a to-go cup, and headed out. That’s when the excitement began! Here’s what happened because I acted differently than I felt and chose to make a rainy day a good day:

1.  I saw a sandwich board with the inspiring quote which inspired this post: “Today is a good day to have a good day” — yes, indeedy, I thought to myself!
2. I stuck to my jogging plan, which made me feel good about my weekly strategy.
3. I strengthened my commitment muscle by overcoming my feeling of inertia.
4. I found a  cute little Lego girl abandoned on the grass — it’s now on my desk holding up
a Fortune Cookie fortune: “You must be willing to act today in order to succeed.”
5. I felt super lucky, because the bathroom in the park was open — no portajohnning!
6. The rain caressed  my face as I rain — kisses from heaven, which made me feel alive and happy.
7. I did my 6 laps around the track — which gave me an early dose of endorphins.
8. I kicked my jog up a notch and felt the burn in my bum, which was energizing.
9. As I was jogging, I got an idea for my novel, which I noodled around on the way home.
10. I saw my “writing angels” — two rusty, but trusty gals on a lawn near my house.
11. On the way back, I found a pen that writes and used it to jot down these notes.
12. When I got home, I felt peppier and really enjoyed a second cup of Irish Cream coffee.

I’ve shared all this here for two reasons: First, to remind myself that good, exciting, energizing things  happen when I overcome the inertia that wants to holds me back and makes me feel like I can’t do something. And second, to remind all my KWD readers that this is also true for you: Sometimes, we need to act differently than we feel. A feeling isn’t a fact — it’s like a cloud passing by. If we take action, we can push past feelings of resistance in our life and our work.

Yes, “today’s a good day to have a good day.” Write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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One Response to Good Day

  1. Ethel Lee-Miller says:

    Was going to put off my yoga practice today then read this Thanks for the.nudge

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