It's another one of those mornings when I know I want to write, but nothing comes to mind. I have no personal agenda for the day. There is no problem that needs a solution. There is no project that needs planning. The work day is ahead of me, but there's nothing unusual or pressing there either. This day is a blank slate.
That's the beauty of it. This kind of day reminds me that I have an infinite number of thoughts to think, actions to take, decisions to make, and realities to create. On a day like today I can choose to focus on the things and people that bring me joy. I can choose to focus on the things that cause me pain. I can choose to start working on something I've always wanted to do. I can choose to finish up things I have in progress. I can choose to drift through the day and see where it takes me.
What I'm choosing today is gratitude and awareness. I am so thankful for this day without pressure to achieve or accomplish. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be aware of my surroundings and of my life. I make a promise to myself to be an observer today. I will notice everything. I will not trudge my way through this day, doing mundane tasks with my head down and my thoughts in a fog. I will look up and see the value in what I do and the beauty in the people I encounter.
I will notice how many times I have the choice of what to do, what to think, how to react, which way to turn, and how to act. In each of those times I will notice that there are more choices than the ones I usually make. I will watch for new and different paths I might take.
Instead of preparing the main meal or sitting down to feast, today I am watching the cooking show for new recipes and different cooking techniques. Today I am an observer, but I am not passive. I walk through this day in grateful awareness, gathering information and insight.