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One of my mathematically brilliant friends pointed out that today, 12/12/12, is a perfect cube. A sign at a restaurant downtown offered free dessert to all patrons to celebrate "the only repetitive date we will ever see." 

As December 12, 2012 approached, I tried to think of a special way to celebrate such a numerically auspicious occasion. What should I do, be, or capture that I could tell people about later and look back on fondly?

Then it struck me - I wanted a perfectly ordinary day. 

I LOVE ordinary days - I find them simply magical. I am very blessed to be surrounded by family and friends that I love, doing work that I relish, in a place I find beautiful. But that has not always been the case for me, and it may not be the case for you at this moment. The Christmas season tends to bring out the best and worst in all of us...the good stuff is so much better and the less-than-good things are so much harder.

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But regardless of our circumstances, we can choose to make a lot of our blessings and little of our troubles. So that's what I am aiming for today - a day that I spend doing activities and work I enjoy with the people I love...

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...doing "normal" things in a special way....

So I took a little extra time to chat with the ladies in my Zumba class...and made a new friend:) I took an extra second to talk to a lady at my favorite coffee place and realized that she is going to need a little extra encouragement this holiday. I finally listened to the Tony Bennett CDs I found at a garage sale a few weeks ago. Listening to the dulcet sounds of Tony while heading down the road with my favorite coffee turned an errand into an outing.

We are a hurried people, living in a frantic country, in a frenzied time. We say that we want to slow down and savor, that moments matter more than material things, that people are more important than projects. But these sentiments can only be lived out NOW, in this moment. Not next week, when we "get a minute," or when we retire.

I am a planner, a person who loves envisioning and improving the future. It takes continual refocusing for me to grasp the reality that now is when we make a difference, a memory, or a friend. 

Today became so much more than a bizarre numerical marker…it became a reminder that today is a GIFT that can only be opened right now:)

Wishing you the magic of an ordinary day:)

 



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