New version of a Good Day, by Susan Beyler

This January I started a gratitude jar – writing what I was grateful for each day and putting the note in a jar. 

After a short while, it stopped feeling very helpful.  At my age (old) I am very aware of being grateful; as us geezers say, ‘I’m grateful for any day above ground’.

A short time later, I saw an interview with Steven Pressfield; what he said really caught my attention.

He was asked, “What do you consider a ‘good day’?”

He answered that he didn’t measure a good day by how much he got done, but rather, he asked himself if he was able to push through his resistance that day.

If the answer was yes, it was a good day.

This has become my new measure and what I celebrate and record every night for my jar. 

Tackling a project I’ve been putting off, stopping at the bank even though I want to get home,  having a conversation that I need to have, eating delicious leftovers instead of stopping for something more exciting, doing today instead of waiting until tomorrow – wonderful experiences of pushing through my resistance and having a good day!!!

Tonight I get to add that I worked through my resistance to post the post!


by Susan Beyler
Integrative Therapist, The Estuary
(615) 337-7017


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Susan Beyler

Susan graduated from the seven year program with The School of Self Healing Arts in 2001. She has been on staff at the school for 7 years and she has a private practice as a pastoral counselor with The Estuary. As a Montessori teacher for many years she has experience working with human inner growth and development. With her midwife training she is able to “birth” the spiritual growth so necessary to living a whole and meaningful life. She works with individuals accompanying them on their journey to a full relationship with themselves and their lives. Susan specializes in energy therapies with family of origin issues, addiction, depression, coupleship and trauma. She does hands on energy work with physical health issues and emotional balancing and strengthening. Drawing on her experience as a middle school teacher, she offers therapeutic workshops in subjects such as healthy boundaries, grief and loss, and relationship skills. She lived on The Farm (one of the oldest running intentional communities known for its midwifery, vegetarian cuisine, and alternative technology) for many years, and is a grandmother.