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Dave Eggers: Is your best day yet to come?

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We keep saying to each other, "Have a good day." One of those times, it's going to be better than a "good" day; it's going to be our "best" day ever.

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You might think you have already had your best day. No doubt you have had many "good" days and even more than one "best" day. Some people, like me, believe their best day is yet to come.

Is your best day yet to come?

On this day, July 14 in 1868, A.J. Fellows certainly had a very good day when his little invention, the enclosed circular tape measure, received a patent number. He made a lot of carpenters happy. Just this week, I used his marvelous little measuring helper.

On July 14 in 2008, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae certainly had their very best day ever when the U.S. government bailed them out by giving the green light to the Federal Reserve Bank to loan them any amount of money they needed. They ended up borrowing $200 billion.

I suppose the best day for star Twins player Joe Mauer was when he signed a contract that would give him $23 million a year, which he has made for the past two years and will make through 2018. By the way, that equates to $63 thousand a day or $38 thousand every time he bats. Yes, I would say Joe had a pretty good day.

Some of you might equate your best day to when you made the most money or took a good-paying job. That's fine. People work hard to get where they want to go and should be rewarded for it.

Others might believe that having their best day was when they got married. Some might say their best day was when they got divorced.

Having children is a best day for parents. Graduating from college is a best day. I think it was for my son. Being a best man at a friend's wedding could be a best day for some. Catching the bride's bouquet usually is a best day for some lucky lady.

I have had some best days in my life. I remember the time Kathy and I were in the romantic city of Rio de Janeiro. We had taken a week off to travel to Brazil from Uruguay where we were Peace Corps volunteers. We were visiting the botanical gardens in Rio when we were suddenly caught in a downpour. Soaking wet we ran for cover. Standing there in a doorway entrance of some kind, dripping wet, I kissed Kathy. Yes, that was a "best" time for me. It was like a scene out of a movie.

Is your best day yet to come?

As much as we like to recall our best day ever, sadly, we also remember our worst day.

Can you remember what happened on these tragic days in the United States: Dec. 7, 1941, Nov. 22, 1963, and Sept. 11, 2001? If you don't know, you are either too young to remember or you failed history.

We remember those events because they are attached to our emotions. The more emotional an event, the more we remember it.

I can vividly remember a car accident I had in an Iowa blizzard in 1980. I can remember seeing my grandmother alive for the last time. I can remember the doctor telling my mother she had approximately six months to live. I can remember Kathy and I returning from the Twin Cities in a snowstorm a few years ago when a man drove through a stop sign at Kabekona Corners south of Bemidji and hit our PT Cruiser. We had just purchased it three days earlier.

Is your best day yet to come?

Yes, we have all had worst days. If we can learn from them; if we can change our lives to make them better, as hard as it is, they become less worse than we first imagined. To quote Oprah Winfrey, "Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand."

We don't really know when our next best day will come. For sure it will come. So, be positive. Think about the best days you have already had. Weren't they great? Until another best day does come, I'll keep on remembering kissing Kathy in the rain in Rio. That's the spirit.

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