Have you ever noticed the significance of the common phrase "At the end of the day...."?
'Well, at the end of the day, it all comes down to this....'
'At the end of the day, we still have our health.'
'At the end of the day when all is said and done, this is what I have learned.'
It is a neat and tidy little way to put things in perspective. It is a neat and tidy little way to draw conclusions, to wrap things up, to prioritize.
I like it. I think at the end of the day we should all ponder what we have learned, what is important, what we will be carrying with us to the next day.
One of the greatest musicals of all time, Les Miserables, has an 'at the end of the day' moment. And naturally it is written to music.
"At the end of the day you're another day older." A little pessimistic, but true nonetheless.
Considering the song is sung by the working class, it is permeated with frustration, hopelessness, exhaustion. And really, at the end of the day I'm tired too, and I worry about the things I have failed to accomplish.
But I would hope that most of the time I cling to another verse that begins:
"At the end of the day there's another day dawning."
We would do well to say: 'perhaps I wasn't able to do all I would have liked, but tomorrow will bring new opportunities, new energy, new minutes and hours.'
I think 'At the end of the day' would be a wonderful theme for a journal (or a blog!). Imagine sitting down (well, you know, at the end of the day) and encapsulating all you have learned because of the day's events. I think it could be enlightening. Our days tend to drift and blend together without much to set them apart from one another. And yet, at the end of the day, each is filled with unique lessons and experiences that may only pass our way once in a lifetime.
I hope that I am taking the time to ponder what I have learned, to ponder the conversations I've had, the people I have encountered, the kindnesses shown, the love expressed.
Because at the end of the day, isn't that what really matters?