“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”

-Paulo Coelho

…because 108 Days is a way to be mindful of each day.

What do I value? How can I embody what I believe in? How do I want to sculpt my life in 2013? I was reflecting on these questions on the afternoon of January 5th. I asked myself: What can I (realistically) do every single day to achieve a better me?

“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.”

-Roy E. Disney

…because 108 Days is, in part, the answer to those questions.

Ideas included Create (e.g. write, paint, play guitar), Take A Risk, Dance (I usually do this one anyway; having a full-on solo dance party is part of my morning routine), Express Gratitude, Observe Beauty (e.g. steam spiraling up from a coffee mug, kaleidoscopes of sunlight and shadows, the sound of a symphony or of wind dancing with leaves, love on a parent’s face while looking at their child… these are what I mean by beauty), Compliment Others, and more.

I decided to focus on fostering three habits in particular. I chose Learning and Meditation because those are things that I value for my own personal development. I chose Compassion because I think that kindness, empathy, and selflessness are necessary for a better world. It occurred to me that I pursue my education and career with the end goal of helping others but, meanwhile, I do not need degrees or qualifications to leave a positive mark on another person’s day.

“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.”

-Michael Jackson song lyrics

Then, the rather reluctant decision to blog about this project emerged as a result of 3 things:

  1. Accountability. Sharing progress with others enforces actualization of the project.
  2. A recent suggestion from a friend to share more of myself with the world.
  3. This quote by Rumi: “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

…because 108 Days is the response to a small call that excited my spirit.


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