Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Fall on Cape Cod is perhaps my favorite season.  I don’t think I fully appreciated the Cape’s autumn until I went away to college and came back to the beautiful trees, the cranberry bogs bursting, and that crisp feeling in the air.  There are no words to describe the beauty that is the Cape this time of year.  It’s as if the tourists leave, and we are blessed with this beauty just for ourselves.  After the craziness that can be a Cape Cod summer, the fall is always a time of relaxation and rejuvenation that leaves one feeling reinvigorated for the holiday season.

Right in the midst of this fall season we have my favorite holiday- Thanksgiving.  My Thanksgiving day always includes an epic team workout with my friends from the gym followed by eating, sleeping, spending time with family and friends, and watching football- what could be better?  Beyond these reasons I love Thanksgiving for the sentiment and emotions that it elicits.  We are called in a special way on this day to be aware of the many gifts that we have in our lives and the blessings that each day brings.  Far too often we let days slip by without taking the time to be grateful for what we have.  Just like I didn’t appreciate the beauty of the Cape until I had gone away and returned, unfortunately sometimes it takes us losing something before we truly appreciate it.

This fall take the time to appreciate the gifts that you have that you often overlook.  Change your mindset from “I have to” into “I get to.”  It’s amazing what this small change in way of thinking can do.  This is your life; take the time to enjoy the daily gifts and blessings.  It’s easy to let days, months, even years go by without stopping to appreciate what we have.  Your health, your job, your family- don’t take these things for granted.  What are the things in your life that happen every day that you sometimes fail to appreciate?  Take a moment to savor these little blessings.

Take this attitude of gratitude and “I get to do it” to your fitness routine and you may be pleasantly surprised with how much more productive and fun it is.  If you are healthy and well, embrace the fact that you are capable of working out.  Fuel your body with the right foods and exercise regularly.  There are many people out there riddled with injuries and poor health who yearn for the chance to train, or even just enjoy being able to get around easily.

Wake up each day with an indomitable spirit, an attitude of gratitude, and a desire to make the day meaningful.  Coach John Wooden is quoted as saying that we should “make each day our masterpiece.”  If today was the only day you had- what would you do with it?  Surely you wouldn’t let it slip away without taking a moment to look around at the gifts you’ve received.  What can you do today to make a positive impact in the world and to those around you?  Don’t wait for tomorrow- appreciate today, go all in, and make it your masterpiece.

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