Most days are ordinary days. Most often, when I come to the end of the day, I can’t think of anything that occurred during the day to distinguish this day from any other day in my life. It’s amazing how many times a day starts full of grand ideals and ideas, with motivation, determination, or anticipation, only to end up as an ordinary, useless day.
We all know how precious time is, yet it still passes. It passes as quickly and effortlessly as the clouds that come and go unnoticed.
Some would consider it a depressing idea that an individual could be born, live, and die in complete anonymity. But to me, it is fascinating, because that inconspicuous forgotten soul can still progress to immortal glory, worlds without end. When you see things from the perspective of eternity, the least of us has as much potential as the greatest of us.
So what about time? Can a seemingly meaningless day be worth the value of endless days? Can my pointless day hold as much meaning as what another might experience in a million years of life?
I believe it can. Perhaps today was the day I thought of the idea of getting a book from the library to identify a tree in my yard. Days later I act on that thought, and check out the book, which leads me to take greater interest. Perhaps my simple thought may lead me to one day become a professional botanist or herbologist. Perhaps today I thought of the idea of emailing an old friend – or a new friend, which eventually leads to a lifetime friendship.
Have you ever wondered when Leonardo Davinci got the first thought, the first idea, to try doing something with art. Was he a child? Was it on an ordinary day? Did he even act on the thought for a few days? I’d be surprised if the very first inclination to try something creative didn’t come on an ordinary, boring, and meaningless day.
Most people meet their future spouses on ordinary days. Most people’s first exposure to their genius came on days that seemed to have no significance at all. Most people have missionaries come to their house on dull days. Some seeds take years to sprout, but no seed has ever sprouted that was not somehow planted, and doubtless most seeds are planted on plain old, ordinary days.
Every masterpiece ever created began with a simple, insignificant, disposable thought. Every hero started with simple, ordinary days of decision and determination. Every great conversion started with thoughts and ideas that could have just as easily been discarded as nothing. In fact, many such nothings are discarded. But the gates of destiny are turned on on the hinges of choice.
But there is another part of it. One of the keys to discovering the worth of an ordinary day is to learn to see life through the eyes of every person you meet. Today to me may mean nothing more than a sunrise and sunset that I wasn’t even around to see, but to another it may be the mark of one of life’s greatest events. My useless day may have been the day another’s heart was turned to God. When I can see life through the eyes of others, I find myself surrounded by dear friends, all of whom are experiencing fears, joys, failures and successes.
Some say when you learn to love, you double your power to suffer. I say when you learn to love, you double your opportunity for joy. You double your opportunity to live and feel with each person you choose to care about. That’s why the selfish are past feeling – they’ve lost their power to feel outside of their own sphere of existence.
There is a world and a universe full of life and activity in the mind and heart of each person you will ever meet. The more you can reach into that universe, the more your own universe will expand. A simple day, full of seeming nothings, can be the most significant day of your life when you are willing to enter another person’s universe. And life is always and forever measured in todays.
Whether you recognize it at the time or not, every day of your life has the power to shape your destiny, and the destiny of every person you meet.
Never underestimate the significance of a single day.