Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A New Day

Dr. Heartsill Wilson

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This is the beginning of a new day.

I have been given this day to use as I will.

I can waste it, or use it.

I can make it a day long to be remembered for its joy, its beauty and its achievements, or it can be filled with pettiness.

What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, but I shall hold something which I have traded for it.

It may be no more than a memory, but if it is a worthy one I shall not regret the price.

I want it to be gain not loss, good not evil, success not failure.

What will you do with today?


S.A. Larsenッ said...

'Exchanging a day for my life...' I like that. Today the plan is to spend some time with the hubs who's taken the day off, convert two more chapters from 3rd POV to 1st in my current ms, and attend my 8th grader's football game.

Enjoy your day!!

Stina said...

Finish cleaning the playroom. It looks amazing after the two hours I spent on it yesterday. Wow, now my kids barely have any toys. But boy do I have a lot to donate. :D

I'm also going to do some critting since I'm in the Miss Snark's First Victim's Secret Agent contest this month. *nervously bites her fingernails*

Christine Danek said...

I love this. Especially, " Exchanging a day for my life..." So true.
Thanks --made my day. I think I will try to look at everything in a positive light.

Lindsay said...

Today I'm going to work through some critting I need to get done. After that I'll allow myself to do some writing.

Great post. I love the idea of doing something important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. Awesome :)

Christine Fonseca said...

I love this post! PERFECT for what I felt upon waking. Thanks.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Ponder solutions to my problems.

(Including a previously promised PB rewrite.)

Mary Aalgaard said...

This day is filled with Need-tos. Sometimes, I'd rather do the Want-tos.

Jen said...

Beautiful post, Shannon. Today is the same as every day at the day job but this post will be floating around in my head, encouraging me.


Kristi said... your bright shiny optimism Shannon! Hope your day is full of everything good and happy!

Tamika: said...

This is the day that the Lord has made...I will rejoice and be glad in it.

That leaves me with no greater reason to smile:)

BK Mattingly said...

I will be writing and working at my lovely job. :)

Tere Kirkland said...

Man, why do you have to say such motivational things that make me feel lazy? ;)

Thanks for the quote!

Windy Aphayrath said...

I will try to remember that it's okay to leave things on my To Do list.

Susan R. Mills said...

Thanks for the push to make today count. I needed someone to light a fire under me.

Robyn Campbell said...

I needed this today. It was noon and I felt pushed to get everything done. Your post made me stop! And realize that whatever I do, don't rush through it. Do it well. Thanks Shannon. When can I get as smart as you?

Candyland said...

Great post. I would love to give you something really poetic, but with my day, I will be wiping a 4yo's runny nose...

Elana Johnson said...

Awesome post! I am going something today. Something good. That might just be keeping my temper in check or laughing with a friend. But I am not going to waste it checking email. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That was beautiful, Shannon...I'm spending my day waiting...waiting for the carpenter (who thankfully came, did and left), waiting for a nap (which it looks like won't come), waiting for the painters (who came to early, left and haven't come back???)...waiting for my life to get back to normal so I can find a routine again. :) Until then I read blogs and comment...But if I wasn't waiting I might have missed your lovely words, so sometimes waiting brings good things. :)

Happy writing, friend!

Unknown said...

Love the picture... how cool!!! It drew me in right away, and then your words, oh Shannon your words are always beautiful!!!

I will revise this evening, if only a paragraph at least it will be something :)

Beth Fred said...

It's Wed. I'll hang out w/ my husband today.

Carolyn V. said...

Oh, I love that Shannon...I mean really. It's awesome. I did homework today. Not so exciting, but I'm glad it's done! =)

Vicki Rocho said...

Let's see. I already did the work thing. I'm taking middle child to Taekwondo in about 30 mins and then I'm gong to TRY to finish Shiver.

Theresa Milstein said...

"I can make it a day long to be remembered for its joy, its beauty and its achievements, or it can be filled with pettiness.

What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."

Perfect. I should read this everyday.

Patti Lacy said...

You manage to massage my heart in nearly every post.

Tis a new day, and on this one I threw off the shroud of discouragement and refocused on Him.

Will be restricted from visiting blogs until my deadlines are met on 11/15. Sure hope you will drop by and shower me with some of your love from time to time!!


Jemi Fraser said...

What a lovely inspiration :) Thanks!

Theres just life said...

Theresa said it best. I need to post this and read it daily.
Thank you for dropping by my blog and saying hi. I am now a new follower of yours as well.

Anonymous said...

Today I'm catching up on my blog reading. Then I'll do some writing, some reading, and some housework.

Anonymous said...

I'll pay more attention to time. Thank you. Excellent post. Truly. said...


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