Making the Day Better

In exploring Chillicothe a few weeks ago, we found the studio of graphic designer Dard Hunter. Among his many works, including his beautifully printed books, was this quotation from him:   "If I had life to live over, I would carry on exactly the same as I have done during my entire life, with one exception. In printing books I would try to print them better." 

That philosophy of making every day a quality day and every task a quality job can be applied in many ways. Don't just get through the day; make each day a special event. Be aware of what is happening around you. Pay attention to detail.

In the summer, don't just see the hummingbirds, but watch the two around the feeder compete for air space.

In January, don't just notice the bare branches on trees next to the interstate but watch for the red-tailed hawk sitting on the post waiting for his prey on the ground below. You may recall that I told about this in my February 10 blog post.

Focus on the unusual. Small popcorn boy On Halloween take a walk down the street to look for the unique costumes such as the adult dressed as Mother Teresa or the baby dressed as a bag of popcorn.

Go to an assisted living facility and ask at the desk for a patient who rarely receives a visit and go visit that person.

Humor writer and philosopher Erma Bombeck expressed her view of a quality day by writing,  "If I had my life to live over,  I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth….I would have cried and laughed less while watching television—and more while watching life." You can read her entire piece at


Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. Steve won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 1970 and was chosen Outstanding Professor of the Year at NKU in 1984, among other awards and honors. Since retiring, he volunteers with nonprofits, spends time with family, travels, preaches occasionally, and enjoys reading and writing. Contact Steve at (859) 866-5693 or at

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