Reverend Fletcher led us in an exercise of gratitude this past Sunday in chapel. We all took a moment to breathe and reflect on what a good day means in light of everything that is happening in the world, both good and bad. The clip below includes inspiring video and photography with narration by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science.
Boarders and houseparents sent in reflections on what makes a good day for them and we want to hear from you as well. What does a “Good Day” look like to you? Tell us on our Facebook page or in the comments below.
A Good Day
Boarders and Houseparents Reflect on Boarders’ Chapel
“A good day for me is when I feel connection: with other people, with the world around me, with myself. A good day is when I feel purpose in the world, when I experience love and creativity (both giving and receiving). A good day is one I look back on and I can say to myself, ‘I did my best to be present. I made the effort.'”
“Any day that I can overcome the urge to turn off my alarm clock and go back to sleep in the morning is a good day; that itself is a great challenge for me. But once I conquer the day’s first obstacle, I’m in the mood to conquer the rest. In essence, a good day in my mind is one that I can look back upon with a smile. If, when I return back to bed at night, I can reflect on my day and see that I’ve accomplished the simple things (pray, make my bed, do homework, laugh) then I can sleep peacefully and be ready to tackle the next day.”
“A good day is sunshine and fresh air. A good day is busy with my hands and my mind. A good day is friends and family. A good day is being challenged. A good day is good food and laughter. A good day is time by the ocean. A good day is a hug. A good day is Van Morrison, a fire and nothing to do but listen and think. Every day is a good day.”
“A good day is when I wake up and remember how truly blessed I am and push that feeling forward into my tasks.”
“A good day is when there is an abundance of smiles from people around me. Having a positive attitude and being able to laugh is a wonderful attribute, and is infectious for everyone in connection with that person. Also, a good day for me (when not in school!) is to be outside in nature, be it the cool, shady forest with towering trees, or on a coast trail with the waves lapping against the cliffs or little hidden beaches, or on the water sailing with a fresh breeze, coupled with amazing views and a myriad of life in the air on the surface of the water and below. Very sweet!”
“A good day for me is usually when something surprises me… the unexpected happens… also when I can do something creative…”