Perspective: The Best Day Ever! · 29 October 2022

When you put it all in perspective, today is the best day ever.

We were on a plane recently when my kids overheard a person say, “I got to ride in a car, on a train, and now on a plane! This is the best day ever!”

Of course, it was a kid who said it. Yes, my adult children were having a little fun at the expense of the kid in the story (long after we had deplaned). And yes, we all laughed. But we also talked about what a great perspective it was. Or at least my wife mentioned it. Which of course, made me think about it more.

Children give us a great perspective about life. They are innocent and excitable and full of wonder. I think that is one of the reasons Jesus likes them so much. It is certainly the reason I like them so much. I know. Children can also be loud, obnoxious, and tiring. But for the most part, their good points outweigh their bad. Which may or may not be the reason people keep having them. And none of these points says anything about perspective.

At any rate.

Children have a great way of pointing out the obvious things in life. Like how truly exciting it is that we could ride in an automobile to get to the airport. Then while we are at the airport, we get to ride in an underground train. Then, best of all, we get to ride in an airplane to go to sunny beaches! When you really think about it, all those things are truly amazing. Planes, trains, and automobiles are wonderful creations. And yet we adults take them for granted. Leave it to a kid to point out the obvious.

When we really think about life, riding in an automobile, then a train, and finally a plane really ought to be the greatest day of our lives. These modern conveniences of life should not be taken for granted. They are truly amazing. But even more amazing is just living each day. That is the part that the kid really got right. He hit the nail on the head and drove it home. Each day really is the best day of our lives. After all, each day is all we get. As some wise person once said, “Treasure today, for it is a present.” Or something like that. Each day is truly a gift. And since we only get to live in the present, we ought to treasure that gift as the best of all presents.

I am not sure what that child did down in the sunshine. He could have visited the beach or gone to a theme park or maybe visited relatives or maybe all of those things. But whatever he did, I am sure that each day was the best day ever. And that is as it should be. We should each look at life with that same children’s perspective. Life is a gift. Each day is a present. And today is the best day ever!

© 2022 Michael T. Miyoshi

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