In Better Than Before, Rubin offers advice on improving your productivity. She said that it’s best to tackle your most important tasks first thing in the morning. On most mornings, you’ll find me up working while it’s still dark and the rest of the house sleeps. But then there are other mornings–after a child has been up sick or the toddler was especially wakeful. Mornings when it feels like I’m already behind before the day has even begun. On those mornings, it’s important to remember what’s going well.
For a few years now we have been practicing the Examen with the children before bed. One by one we remember a good thing from our day, a place where we saw God. Ignatius called this a moment of consolation. And that’s exactly what those hard days need–consolation.
When the day gets off on the wrong foot, when the toddler takes the Do-a-Dot markers to the couch, when the 1st grader loses it and then I lose it too and have to apologize and start again, that’s when I need consoling. I need to tell myself a life-giving story about my day. I need to remember what went right–the 8 year old reading to her little brother, the picky eater asking for seconds at dinner, the baby signing I love you as he nurses to sleep.
Where did you see God today?