Two square cubes and three rectangular blocks.
From these simple objects, I mark each new day.
The rectangles display the months of the year, one month per side.
The squares display numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6/9, 7, and 8, from which each day of the month can be shown in its turn.
Twelve months…a repeating pattern of days of the month…1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (sometimes), 30 (sometimes), and 31 (sometimes).
My perpetual calendar – a gift from my sister many years ago – can show each day, but only if I intentionally move the blocks around to show the correct date.
Some years it gathered dust on a shelf.
Some years I changed it once in a while but mostly forgot.
Lately, I have become OCD about changing it daily.
It’s really just a few pieces of wood with some writing on them.
If I forget to change the blocks for a particular day’s date, the day still happens.
But the intentionality of changing it…of saying “here is a new day”…means something to me.
Each new day deserves its own intentionality.
I WILL acknowledge it’s a new day.
I WILL be intentional about making the most of this day.
I WILL pay attention to the small, everyday, simple things.
It’s not about a bigger, longer, better “to-do” list of intentionality.
It’s about taking stock of the basics…not letting life’s “to-do” list of busy-ness crowd them out.
The basic building blocks of a “day”…a “month”…a “life” are extremely simple.
We are the ones who make it complicated.