I've been trying harder to be more selfish about some things and more selfless about others -- this greeting is one of them. In Tennessee there's sort of a protocol. This question, once posed, elicits one of two answers: "Fine" or "Fine, how 'bout yourself?" The first is selfish. The second is proper and respectful. I gave the second.
"You know, I was talking to the man at the gas station this morning..."
Oh right. That's why I'm usually selfish in the morning. Because I'm a story magnet, and I usually can't process this much information before 8:00 am. But since today already felt like a better day than yesterday, I indulged her while I licked my envelope and punched in my code.
"...and I asked him the same question. He said, 'Every day I wake up in the morning and I say to myself, "I CHOOSE to have a good day this morning." Because I have the power to make that choice.' So, I believe I choose to have a good day today."
"I like that," I told her honestly. "I believe I choose to have a good day as well." And suddenly, I did. The rest of the crazy world could go to hell and wait on me to catch up.
What kind of day do you choose to have today?