Maximize every single day!
We start dying the moment we are born. We don’t have any control over that but we do have control over how we use the days that we are given. How we live our lives, how we maximize our experiences and our existence. Every single day that we wake up we are in control of over how that day will go. As soon as our feet hit the floor we can start deciding what our path will be. Some people have things easier than others but we all have control over how we will handle the day.
In July 2016 my dad and 2nd mom, as she always introduced herself as, were returning from a dr’s appointment and were on their way to pickup our youngest son Max for a long weekend at their house. Shelly had been texting with Shanna while my dad was driving. It had been a long time since Shanna heard from her and we soon figured out why. I got a phone call from the police informing me that Dad and Shelly had been in a serious auto accident. Their vehicle went off of the road and overturned several times. Shanna and I picked up my brother Brad and we headed to the hospital to check on them. We didn’t know the condition of either of them but were preparing ourselves for the potential that dad my be bad, or even gone. We were about 10 min from the hospital when we got a phone call that rocked our worlds…Shelly had passed. She was 52 years old.
Shelly had a lot of health issues that she had to deal with on a daily basis. Some days it was hard for her to even get up. That didn’t stop her from living her life to the fullest. She was always making memories and she would do anything that her grandkids asked her to do, regardless of how she felt. It would have been really easy for her to sit around and dwell on the situation. It would have been easy to throw in the towell and give up. It would have been easy to let her situation control her life. But instead, she made a decision that she would be in control, regardless of the cards that were dealt. She decided how each day would go and because of that she lived her life to the fullest, she maximized every single day. Because of that we have a lifetime of memories that help us get through the toughest of times. Our kids have the memories and her legacy to carry on with them throughout the rest of their lives. Through all of this she taught Shanna and I a lesson that will stay with us forever.
Things don’t always go our way. Some days will be better than others. We will win some and we will lose some. The difference between persevering and making the best out of every single day starts when we put our feet on the floor each morning. Are we going to set back and let situations control us or are we going to control them? We get to decide! So, when you’re feet hit the floor tomorrow you need to decide…am I going to maximize the day or will I left external influences direct me?