What a Great Day · 25 November 2017

Today is a very special day. It is today. I know. That sounds a little Pollyannaish, but I intend to make it a great day. After all, it is not what happens to you, it is how you react to what happens to you that matters. And as one of my friends says when quoting one of his coaches, “You gotta make it a great day.”

I like to say that any day your feet hit the ground is a great day. After all, think about the alternative. Your feet could be under the ground. Along with your whole body. Or if you are feeling a little less morbid (or more depending on your perspective), you feet could end up being the ground. At any rate, feet on the ground is better than any of the alternatives.

Which leads me to another of the sayings I like to quote. “Better than a kick in the seat of the pants.” At least one of my kids thinks it is a dumb statement. And it is. After all, what is not better than a kick in the seat of the pants? Maybe getting fired. Think about it. If you are getting a kick in the seat of the pants, at least your boss is still working with you to get you going. If you are not getting that kick, you are either doing well and getting a pat on the back, or you are on your way out. Short snortly as my mother-in-law likes to say.

Coaches I have known tell their athletes that getting a talking to (or a kick in the seat of the pants) is always better than no communication at all. When coaches stop talking to you, they believe you believe you know it all. And nobody can coach somebody who knows it all. (Often those know-it-alls are the ones sitting on the bench when push comes to shove.)

Which brings me to the second thought of the day. How many clichés can I use in one blog post? I am not sure of the count so far, but I am sure I can give just about anybody a run for his money. After all, I am just a hack with a website rather than a real writer. I am still striving to be MediocreMan.

Regardless of who I am or how many clichés I have used so far, I know today is going to be a great day. It started out well and it will surely end well (even if I did not write so well). I just know it, because it is my decision. And yes, that is Pollyannaish, but that is okay with me. Just do not call me Polly. And make it a great day.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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