Every night before he goes to sleep, my son recounts three things for which he’s grateful. It’s a practice we started to help him understand what’s really important in life. One night, after telling him that I had a bad day, he challenged me, “Maybe you should do some gratefuls, daddy” (which is what we called this nightly practice). From the mouths of babes.
I took his challenge to Twitter and wrote something like, “Worked out. Wrote. Played with my son.#ADayWellLived.” And I immediately felt better. “Today is going to be a day well lived” instantly became something of a mantra. Next, I started a Facebook community that grew to more than 100,000 members in its first year.
I was inspired and invigorated by the community and I wanted to bring it to more people. That’s where this website comes from. We’ll not only continue to learn, inspire and feel grateful with the daily quotes, but we’ll build the community with more content and cool, inspirational merchandise from brands you know, as well as artisans we hope to introduce. And, in doing so, we’ll also launch the (ty)3 initiative – donating money and saying “thank you, thank you, thank you” to those who have helped us when we needed it most.
It’s been said that we should “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Well, that’s what this is all about. This isn’t about one person. It’s about all of us. It’s about a desire to be more grateful. A desire to help people. A desire to truly inspire. And take action.
I think the secret sauce to this entire #ADayWellLived experiment, however, is the understanding that “a day well lived” doesn’t mean the day is perfect and filled with amazing experiences. Instead, it’s a day where I simply do my best. I’ll still make mistakes. I’ll still react in ways I wish I hadn’t. But, as one friend Tweeted, “#ADayWellLived is all about being present, good or bad. I was present today.” Exactly.
Thank YOU for being present here. We wish you #ADayWellLived.