Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Best Day of Your Life

I wrote that title before the day even happened.  Did you choose to read this post because of the title?   More folks might read this if it said, "The Worst Day of Your Life," because studies report that we're attracted to pain and negativity. 

I'm teaching the power of a great title in my writing classes this week.  The title makes all the difference.  It determines whether I engage with the writing, how I engage with the writing, and why I'll keep reading.   The title gives a shape and a focus for a text, and that got me thinking about writing and living with flair. 

What if I titled my day?  What if I chose a title this morning that made me engage differently?  What if I shaped and focused this day by a title?  Here are some possible titles for a day:

The Day Everything Changed
The Day I Finally Did It
The Day I Became the Person I'm Supposed to Be
The Day I Surrendered Everything
The Day I Found Beauty in Pain
The Day I Rose Above My Circumstances
The Day I Laughed So Hard I Cried
The Day I Did the Thing I Feared the Most
The Day I Chose Happiness
The Day I Discovered How to Really Love Someone Else

Living with flair means I choose a title for my day.  And then I move forward and live it. 

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Journal:  How did you title today?

8 comments:

Lorella, from Italy said...

Thank you for this beautiful post.
This is not a good day for me, but these words can really help me.
I hope I'll found a title for today before the day ends.

Live with Flair said...

Hello, Lorella from Italy! I love your beautiful name! I am so sorry to hear about your day. I do hope and pray a good title (and a great day) unfolds for you.

bz said...

Since I've been out in my garden all morning and have found lots of life--frogs, worms, spiders, and those little gray multipeds I can never remember the name of--I'd have to title my day:

The Day I Found Beauty Among the Weeds

Live with Flair said...

I love that bz! Beauty in the weeds! I do love finding frogs.

bz said...

Just found your blog and have bookmarked it! I love your writing. And your ideas.

arrangedinlove said...

How insightful! So very true. Now that I have given purpose for each day my day unfolds beautifully and I am appreciating all the small things!

-Tharisi

nance marie said...

the day i danced

Barbara Culwell said...

I love this post... I have been thinking the last few days that I want to live my life with JOY... and not be so dragged down by the pain of a challenging situation. I think to title it.. would push me over to really have to do something about it. I like that. Thanks!