Childlike Excitement in a New Day

It was early but down the stairs she came. I had expected our eight-year-old granddaughter to sleep in because the previous two days of her visit had been quite active. Both days had run well past the 9:30 PM bedtime suggested by her parents when they dropped her off with us for a week at “Nana Camp.”

I expressed my surprise at seeing her up so early and asked why she had not slept longer. She said, “Because I am so excited about the new day.” She must have meant it because she was busy exploring, observing, and creating excitement all day long.

Can we, as adults, anticipate some excitement in each new day that makes us to jump out of bed and rush to get to it? Yes, we can. ABSOLUTELY!

To find excitement, look in places you may not expect to find it; places that you have never considered before or have not considered lately. Excitement does not come to those who wait. It will not come to those who awake, turn on television and sit down. Neither will it come to those who spend much of each day on the Internet or cell phone. I am not lecturing here. We are all free to start our day in any way we select. However, those who start their day slowly and allow it to remain and end that way have no justification in claiming to be bored.

I invite those who read this to post a comment about the simple, affordable, and available things they can do to make each day more exciting. Hint for those who find this difficult; start by thinking like an eight-year-old.

Here is a short list of the exciting things I do: Watch the crows congregate and interact with each other, read a few chapters of a good book, go to the library or gym, write to a friend, listen to some symphonic music, volunteer at a couple of non-profit organizations, and try a new food.


About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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