There's a scene in the beginning of the movie Office Space where the main character is complaining about his job, and says that ever since he started working, every day has been worse than the day before. So that every day you see him, it's literally on the worst day of his life. To which his therapist replies "Whoa. That's messed up." (It's a funny scene, and it sets up the movie well... but can you imagine living like that?)
Now, if you know me at all, or if you've read any of my previous posts, you probably know that this is far from how I view my life. And fortunately I live in a household where the same is also true. Sure, we all have our ups and downs, and everybody has a rough day now and then. But spend any time around my children, and it will be clear that they subscribe to the same LML philosophy that I do.
Ever since he was old enough to articulate it, my son, after any particularly fun day, would tell me "Mommy, this was the best day ever!" And of course as soon as my daughter started talking she followed suit. So a trip to the beach, or a birthday party, or a day at our local indoor amusement park (or any such excitement) would not surprisingly win the "best day ever" prize.
That in itself was awesome, and has always made me smile. But here's the best part: It didn't take long at all before it wasn't just the "big exciting days" that brought declarations of it being the best day ever. Doing little things like visiting Grandma, or playing at the park, or playing Hot Wheels with Daddy would prompt it. And now, all it ever really takes is for us to be together as a family, enjoying each other's company.
No matter what we've done all day, nearly every night as we sit down to dinner, at least one of the kids will still look up at me and say (casually, but with sincerity) "Mommy, this has been the best day ever." And I can promise you that I never, ever get tired of hearing that.
It amazes me (and makes me happier than I can find the words to express) to have six- and four-year-old kids with that kind of philosophy. To believe that matter how good of a day you had yesterday, today is even better. To say that every day that you see me, it's literally on the best day of my life. I don't know about you, but that's the kind of life I want to live.