When I ask my students what they did the day before, they often answer with the words “nothing” or they merely shrug their shoulders. Then I chastise them by reminding them that they:
- studied English/learned something about English
- traveled on the subway
- spoke to people from all corners of the globe
- exchanged cultural information with those same people
- traveled on public transportation in a foreign country
- (possibly) had food they don’t normally have
- communicated in a language that wasn’t their native language
Sometimes, they buy my enthusiasm and sometimes they do not and maintain the shrugs they started with.
The funny thing is that if they asked me what I did today, I would probably have to shrug my shoulders too. I had the day off and reflecting back on it, I have no idea what I did. I am pretty sure I did a complete bunch of nothing really as opposed to having a day full of accomplishments.
Sure, I did stuff. I slept. I ate. I shopped. I puttered around the house. I cleaned a little and relaxed a little. None of it was earth shattering or amazing, though. I didn’t bother watching the unhappy news. I only exercised a little. I didn’t get any farther in the book I am reading. I didn’t plan my lessons for the next day. I either squandered or revelled in my day off. It just depends on how you look at it.
I go to sleep with no regrets. I have found Today’s Perfect Moment in enjoying a pretty average day.