Someone once asked me why I respond to “how are you doing?” with “I have never had a bad day in my life!”. I’ve been told that I am “full of it”. That is not the case, I can promise that.
It was something my Dad said often. At the time, I did not understand why he said it. I never got the chance to ask why he said it, as he passed away while I was still in college. After he passed away in 2004, I found myself floating through life for the next several months completely demotivated.
I managed to put myself in a dark place. A place where sound and sight was present, but not influencing my being. I had to snap out of it. I thought of the times I was with my Dad and how he conducted himself. saying always came back. I had to understand its meaning.
I read a few of my Dad’s books on self improvement (it is an extensive collection). I remember the positive messages from those books, but I could not connect their message to my life. Something stuck with me while I was reading one of my favorite books, Dune and the Litany of Fear:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing…. only I will remain”
I have never had a bad day in my life. Just bad moments. As all things do, they will pass and only I shall remain.
I am still here. I look forward to my days in this existence. Even the bad days, because I am still here.
There is good in the world. Good that our friends and family have instilled in us. Good that we have inherently inside of us. I encourage people to seek and enhance the good in the world.