I used to be tormented by the question ‘What have you really achieved today?’ But now I understand there is another way of looking at it…
May I be calm and smiling when the rest of my family wakes up, that is the greatest gift I can offer them.
And with luck I’ll be able to offer a warm smile to everyone else I greet.
Perhaps I’ll have a chance meeting and happy conversation with a friendly neighbour in the street.
And stop to enjoy the light on the autumn leaves.
If I have time to stop completely and meditate for 20 minutes, to touch my inner peace, that is already enough.
If I create space to sip a cup of tea in silence and see the steam rising over the rim of the mug, and take in the perfection of that present moment, the day is complete.
If I can fill a day with such treasures, and really see the wonders of life surrounding me in the present, then all other conventional ideas of achievement evaporate into insignificance.
May all my days be spent like this, and whatever great plans come to fruition in the meantime, will be a happy bonus.
Today has mostly been like this. It’s been a wonderful day.