I taped a small 3″x3″ paper to my monitor. I placed it strategically in front of the volume knob and where the monitor on the left meets the the monitor on the right. Scrawled in blue Sharpie pen is one of the greatest lessons I will ever learn.
And I learned it from my four-year-old daughter.
Every day, we ask Charlotte two questions during dinner.
What was your favorite part about today?
What was your least favorite part about today?
These two questions open up an opportunity for us to talk about wins in her day, as well as opportunities for growth. We can celebrate! And we can learn.
Most days, when asked about her favorite part of the day, Charli will tell us stories about fun activities from pre-school, sugar filled treats or special time with mom dad.
When asked about her least favorite part, she’ll recount a disagreement with a friend, getting in trouble or not getting something she wanted.
My favorite days are when I ask about her favorite part of the day while she bounces in her chair, eating her dinner. Without waiting until she swallows her bite, she bursts out: All of the day!
And when asked about the least favorite, she raises the eyebrows on her expressive little face and her eyes grow wide. She smiles and shouts, None of the day!
None of the day.
The absence of anything negative in her day.
Can you imagine if we all shared this same mentality? How might the world be different if we looked on our days and thought – no – believed that “all of the day” was our favorite part, leaving no room for any emotion other than joy?
I want to be undeniably in love with my life just like Charli.
So, I taped a small 3″x3″ paper to my monitor. I placed it strategically in front of the volume knob and where the monitor on the left meets the the monitor on the right. When I felt myself sliding toward negativity, my eyes darted to the paper to read the message.
What is your least favorite part of the day?
None of the day!
I smiled and continued with the favorite part of my day – all of the day.