Design Your Perfect Day

In The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, a novel by Martin Clark (2000), Clark (a Judge!) has one of his characters describe a perfect day for himself over a few pages. The section is quite interesting. As I read it, I thought “wow, what a great exercise.”

So, here is your assignment: design the perfect day for yourself.

Groundrules: You can’t have a day on your couch. I know: I can be a difficult taskmaster!


Consider having some sort of exercise which elevates your heart beat, such as running, brisk walking, swimming, or weight lifting.

Consider proactive activities which don’t involve consumption of excess resources.

Consider aligning your perfect day with your values. Doesn’t that make sense?

Consider building connections with others during your perfect day. Connections with other people and animals enrich our lives.

Consider how you can serve others (other people or animals). Friends of mine engage in volunteer activities such as cleaning stables and walking dogs at a shelter.

I assure you that if parts of your perfect day involve helping others, you will be the chief beneficiary. Helping others makes us feel good!

OK, after you have designed your perfect day, live it as often as you can. You deserve it!

Note: The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living was a book Mom recommended to me a few years ago. While it was not normally something I would read, I found it to be quirky and fun. Recommended.

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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