This is the fifth entry (!) in my biweekly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation. My first post was about better bobby pins, and I’ve also written about building time into my daily schedule for reading, the miracles of travel-sized stain sticks, and my daily hair routine with dry shampoo paste.
This time, I want to talk about something I used to do every day, to think about and give voice to my favorite thing that had happened that day. A few years ago, when I carpooled with my colleague and friend Stephanie to work, we got into the habit on our drive home to ask each other about our favorite things that day. It was a way to each recap the day, as well as to end the day on a positive note.
I regularly do variations of this theme in other ways. Like when Sam and I travel, I like to wrap up each day by each of us contributing our favorite things about that day, that week, that trip, etc. (And yes, we even do a Top 10 list at the end of the trip. I love lists!) I find it a nice — and helpful! — way to build memories of your travels. And Sam is now prepared and is no longer surprised when I ask this at the end of each day. Instead, he laughs and joins in this daily ritual when we travel.
One of my favorite movies is Amelie, especially the introductory montages of Amelie and her parents and the small pleasures they enjoy. (Like cracking into the top of a creme brulee. Heaven!)
And it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite songs to sing as a child was the song “My Favorite Things” from the musical The Sound of Music.
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel…so bad
As the world feels more uncertain each passing day, now feels like a good time to start up that daily routine again, to say out loud my favorite thing that happened that day. To again give thanks and feel gratitude for the often-small and positive things that impact my life, as a way to not give up hope, to use positivity to combat the often overwhelming senses of fear and uncertainty in today’s world. It will not be easy some days, but it feels like a necessary thing to do, to seek out the good in each day.
Fortunately, today is an easy one. My favorite thing that happened today? Making this pledge to make an effort daily to consciously think, and act, positively. Are y’all with me? ♥