Thanks for popping in. Happy 17th February! Is it a special day? Absolutely! Today I woke up. And so did you. A lot of people didn’t. I just looked it up: about 150,000 around the world die every single day. Nothing to do with Covid – just a fact of Life. So today’s our lucky day! Smile! According to the experts, about 385,000 babies are born in the world every day too. So you know that old adage “There’s somebody born every second?” Actually, it’s more like an average of 4.5 every second. That’s a staggering daily population increase, isn’t it? Hang on, let me get my abacus out…
If 385,00 babies are born and 150,000 leave, then that’s a daily population increase of 235,000 people. Blimey. No wonder there are so many cars on the road!
I remember years ago, I was on holiday with my brother in New Mexico. He came into the kitchen early one morning and smiled at me.
“What’s up? ” I asked.
“Nothing,” he replied, “just smiling because we both woke up.” And then he followed through with the message: “a lot of people didn’t today. But we did.”
I shall never forget that. Steve is a real down to earth kinda fella. A live and let live kinda bloke. He just gets on it with it – whatever the task is. Man of few words. No fussing. And this simple fact that he is glad and grateful to wake up every single morning is at the very crux of his thinking. Then he goes round checking that his nearest and dearest all woke up too!
So yes. Today is a special day, because we get to live it. Best make the most of it then! Lockdown or no lockdown, it is a special day, so let’s use it well.
What have you got planned? I’m hanging out with a bunch of lovely Shackers this morning, and we’re going to relax and get creative together.
Then I may ring my brother. And he’ll say “What’s up?”
And I’ll respond, “Nothing. Just making sure you woke up this morning!”
And I bet, given the work pressure he is under at the moment, Steve – he who is in charge of Groovi production – will think I mean is he making Groovi plates for the Members’ sale, or did he decide to roll over and have a duvet day?! Which would never ever happen. Not with Steve.
Whatever we do today, it doesn’t have to be extravagant or even involve travel or moving around. It’s all in the mind – a simple question of positive attitude. Sometimes I have to practice positivity, and a gratitude list certainly works for me.
Time to get my colouring pencils out and get lost in a world of loveliness for an hour.