After reading a fabulous post by Dr. Andrea Dinardo about enjoying an ordinary day, I thought, “when was the last time I enjoyed an ordinary day?” Not for over 20 years! Every single day I experience pain. Every single day I have to say “No” to things others wouldn’t think twice about. Every single day I strive for a ‘normalcy’ that I will never be able to obtain due to living with a chronic disease.
Now, I’ve never been a quitter so I will tell you about achieving my first ‘mindful,’ ordinary day.
First I must outline how I prepare and schedule my day so I can enjoy ordinary things in my day. I can think of 12 steps that I must complete, things I do on a daily basis to ensure I am as fibro healthy as I can be. You may want to try some of these too?
- Stretch in the mornings as you wake up then get out of bed.
- Eat your breakfast
- Get dressed (put on a bit of makeup if you use it).
- Check your social media.
- Do something that meets your activity level needs and walk (consider rescuing a dog or two, then you will have to walk them.)
- Eat a healthy lunch.
- Clean one room.
- Work on a craft or read a part of a novel.
- Connect with a friend or family member by telephone, mail, or text. (Optional, but it is right for your soul!)
- Prepare dinner, and eat.
- Find time to watch a tv show.
- Soak in a bath to relax and start readying yourself for bed.
These tasks help me mentally and physically. When I am accomplishing these tasks as my day goes on, I remembered to look for the ordinary joys of the day.
Here are a few beautiful, ordinary things I observed during my day:
- I saw a cardinal attracted to the grapevine in my backyard.
- Dora and Dezzie are playing, run full speed at each other and see who turns first in the backyard. (I believe that is a game called chicken?) And they love to play tug of war.
- My flowers are blooming!
- I walked to our local neighborhood farmer’s market. Dora and Dezzie are in tow as Dezzie tries to behave but she can only remain composed until she sees a squirrel. All bets are off but I get her back under control. (She is a little naughty, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.)
- I can smell the fresh cut grass.
- I sat on my front porch and read a book.
- We had dinner on the patio in the back of the house, it was a beautiful evening.
I had a wonderful, ordinary day! And I am looking forward to the next one!
Live your best life!