I love the days when I just know things are going to go well, that I will plunk into bed at night with a sense of accomplishment, good family memories and a peaceful heart. I wish I had a day like that every day. Yesterday, I knew it was going to be one of those days and I thought about what circumstances or decisions set up a day to be ‘good’. These will be different for everyone, I know. For me, three things stood out.
- Being in a good mood. What makes me in a good mood? Of course, the number one thing is to make a choice to be in a good mood. God tells us to take every thought captive. When I choose not to complain and argue, it goes a long way to boosting my mood. I am also in a good mood when: I don’t have to go anywhere that day, my home is relatively under control (we know where the homeschool stuff is, the kitchen is tidy, we have clean clothes, surfaces aren’t full of clutter), and Steve and I are in our groove together.
- Beginning early. When I hang around in my pj’s knitting and going on the internet until 9am or later I am not left feeling energized. I think both of these things can be reasonable uses of time, but spending a couple of hours of prime morning time pursuing them does not set me up for a ‘good’ day. The kids know exactly what is expected of them in the morning, but they won’t get started on it with me setting a bad example.
- Having a clear plan. I am terrible at menu planning, (I really need to start working on this. I used to be great at it.) but when I do have at least that day’s worth of meals all planned out in my mind, I am free to think of other things. I find when I don’t know what we are going to eat that day, I am burdened all day long. As well, when my household tasks are planned and written down and the kids homeschooling assignments are well spelled-out, there is less to think about and we can just do.
Obviously, everything is not in our control, but in general, what sets up a day to be ‘good’ for you? Are there things you find that are under your control that help your day go well?