Day 2752: Do one thing every day to better yourself

On my staycation this week, I am trying to better myself every day by

  • going on long walks,
  • wearing a mask when I leave the house,
  • appreciating the beauty around me,
  • spending time with my son, who is home from college,
  • getting enough sleep,
  • eating relatively healthily,
  • showing patience,
  • letting go of judgment,
  • being aware of others’ pain and suffering without losing myself in it,
  • taking achievable next steps towards personal and universal goals,
  • coexisting in harmony,
  • speaking up against injustice,
  • expressing my truth,
  • appreciating kindness,
  • taking one day at a time,
  • having fun,
  • listening to music I love,
  • learning new things,
  • reading,
  • writing,
  • laughing,
  • crying,
  • watching enjoyable shows and movies on TV,
  • balancing time for myself with connection to others,
  • maintaining healthy boundaries,
  • letting go of whatever is not serving me well,
  • accepting with serenity what cannot be changed,
  • having the courage to change what can be changed,
  • acquiring the wisdom to know the difference,
  • being in the moment, and
  • sharing photographs.

































Our ailing cat Oscar and my husband Michael (who does not like his picture taken) are bettering themselves every day by spending precious moments together.  I better myself every day by listening to Michael, who said about himself earlier this week: “I can talk a dead monkey down from a tree.” I better explain that’s why I took this photo yesterday:


Here‘s “Getting Better” by the Beatles, performed live in 2002 by Paul McCartney and others:

If you were to do one thing every day to better yourself, what might that be?

One thing I do every day to better myself is to express gratitude, so thanks to everybody, including YOU.


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29 thoughts on “Day 2752: Do one thing every day to better yourself

  1. Our world is better because of your success, Ann.

  2. Great list Ann, have a nice day!!!

  3. A very positive list.

  4. There’s a lot of bettering I need to do!

    • You’re already better than many, Peter, so I guess you want to be best!

      • My Mum wrote in my autograph book: “Good, better, best, may you never rest ’til your good be your better and your better be your best.” Dad added: “It all depends on you.” So I guess the answer is I want always to be MY best, not THE best.

      • Thanks for being your best!

  5. One thing to better oneself, take advantage of those Amaryllis!

  6. It looks very summery and hopeful in your neighbourhood, Ann. Thank you for sharing the photos.

    Does Michael claim to be able to talk a dead monkey down a tree? Or does he think you can? It does seem like a pretty rare skill.

  7. By the way, I was disappointed to find that the see-through masks you are wearing are only available in the States. No shipping to Canada! Well, I hope that they catch on and become more widely available.

  8. I think just reading through your list, and looking to the examples set by you, Oscar, and Michael, has made me better.

  9. A wonderful post highlighting all the ways we can live better. Loved it Ann šŸ’™

  10. I try to do stuff that better me, not always easy but I do more good then bad stuff but life is hard

  11. today I, went to the dentist even though I have dental fear and covid fear, and felt very safe and they were kind and gentle. also sat out on my little front porch and was amused by happy people with floats heading to the river. a good day in all

  12. Lovely post thnx to share this lovely post

  13. All good and simple things to improve one’s life experience.

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