Today

Anyway, today I hope someone you love tells you how they feel about you—even if you already know it. And I double-hope they show you. No. I triple-hope it. Quadruple-hope. Times infinity.

I hope you have a good day today. I don’t mean an oh-my-God-I-won-the-lottery kind of day. That would be too much euphoria for one afternoon.

No, I hope you have a plain, old-fashioned good day.

Like when an old friend calls and you talk for three hours. Or when you hear “Always On My Mind” on the radio.

I hope you meet someone who impresses you. Like the man I met at Lowe’s yesterday.

He had no legs and one arm. He drove a motorized wheelchair. He was buying supplies to fix his bathroom sink. His young son walked beside him.

We had a conversation, waiting in line. Before I left, the man shook my hand and said, “Hey man, I hope you have a good day.”

Me.

Anyway, today I hope someone you love tells you how they feel about you—even if you already know it. And I double-hope they show you. No. I triple-hope it. Quadruple-hope. Times infinity.

May you get kissed by a dog, a kid, or anyone with white hair. I hope you kiss back. Kisses get hard to come by once you get lines on your face.

I hope you forget about people who did you wrong. And when you try to recall painful times, I hope you can’t remember a damn one.

I hope you think about your granddaddy. Or your granny. Anyone who called you, “child,” “young’un,” or, “baby.” And may you remember what kind of simple world this place was when you were young.

I hope you feel important.

And I hope someone tells you how nice you look. It’s good to feel attractive. And, by God, you are.

I hope you eat something rich. I’m talking food your doctor warns you about. Such as: vanilla ice cream with caramel, fried chicken from a paper bucket, a Dean’s layer cake, a chili-dog with extra onions.

I hope you sit on a sofa and watch something in black-and-white. And when the hero gets the girl, I hope you saw it coming.

I hope you sit outside tonight, like I’m doing. And I hope you feel it.

It. The stuff floating around you.

I don’t know what it is. I can’t see it, smell it, touch, or taste it, but it’s there. I wish I knew more about it, but then again, I don’t want to. That might ruin it.

Whatever it is, I don’t think it’s in ornate cathedrals, bestselling self-help books, careers, popularity, or five easy payments of $19.99. Or in your wallet.

I believe it’s in these stars. These longleaf pines. In good dogs, toddlers, music, and mamas.

And in men who only have only one limb. Who still spend Monday afternoons at hardware stores.

Whoever you are, I hope you know that a complete stranger is thinking about you tonight. This stranger wishes he had a magic wand, and could make your life into all the things you want it to be. But that’s not how it works.

So I’ll just tell you what a beautiful stranger once said to me:

I hope you have a good day.

70 comments

  1. Kelly - August 2, 2017 11:16 am

    Thank you!

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  2. Rev. Steve Baccus - August 2, 2017 11:19 am

    Thanks, Sean. I hope your day is just as good.

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  3. Jan Hammac - August 2, 2017 11:28 am

    You are such a blessing! Hope your day is good too, my friend.

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  4. Marty from Alabama - August 2, 2017 11:30 am

    Wishing the whole wide world has a good day.

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  5. Susan in Georgia - August 2, 2017 11:30 am

    Have a GOOD DAY yourself, Sean, you beautiful guy, you! And thanks for making me grin this morning 🙂

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  6. Lorry - August 2, 2017 11:35 am

    I think I’m keeping this one forever. Thank you. You have a good day. No, a great one.

    Or as we say to customers who come buy our yummy fried chicken from the deli at the Piggly Wiggly in Guntersville. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  7. Alice - August 2, 2017 11:35 am

    Thank you I wish the same for you God Bless You❤️

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  8. Melanie - August 2, 2017 11:50 am

    Thank you. You will be the only soul on earth wishing me this today and it feels like a special blessing. So enjoy reading your writing every day.

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    • Flo - September 17, 2017 9:57 am

      Melanie- as I read this early in the am on a different day- I hope you have a good day today!

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  9. Wayne from L. A. (Lower Alabama) - August 2, 2017 12:00 pm

    Last night I was driving home from a meeting at church. Some people had shared how God had changed their lives in mighty and small ways. It was a good meeting. As I reflected on it I got to thinking about when life seemed simpler. And I remembered the simple joy a few things from my childhood. The one that stuck was a little bag of Lance Salted Peanuts and a 10 oz Coke (in a bottle). I’m not sure you’ve ever experienced pleasure if you’ve never taken a couple sips of that Coke, and then poured those peanuts in. That is a treat.
    So today I wish you a Coke and a bag of Lance Salted Peanuts brought together. It might not make everything all better. But it will help.
    Have a good day.

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    • Belinda swindke - September 17, 2017 12:29 pm

      Amen coke and peanuts are the best!!

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    • Sue - September 17, 2017 7:27 pm

      Memories of driving to the beach. Highway 31 seemed endless. The stop at a gas station to fill up the car, choose an ice cold “Coke” and a bag of peanuts. Lovely.

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  10. Michael Bishop - August 2, 2017 12:02 pm

    Your latest piece is an excellent start to a good day. Right back atcha!

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  11. LeAnne Martin - August 2, 2017 12:31 pm

    Your words are such a treat, Sean–kind of like a hot fudge sundae with extra hot fudge. Or my mama’s mashed potatoes. Or a cup of freshly-made English Breakfast tea, which is what I drink every morning while I read your words. May you have a good day, too.

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  12. Barbara - August 2, 2017 12:33 pm

    Thank you Sean. I believe I will! You too!

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  13. Lynnis - August 2, 2017 12:34 pm

    …And to you, beautiful stranger! Thank you Sean, for making our day even better. Now, go have a great day. We’ll check in on you tomorrow.

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  14. V - August 2, 2017 12:41 pm

    Thank you for your advice. I just need to try sitting outside rather than watching this God forsaken TV.

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  15. Sam Hunneman - August 2, 2017 12:41 pm

    And now I’m thinking about “Star Stuff” like Carl Sagan used to talk about ’cause that was surely a greeting card for the universe. Thanks, Sean, and right back atcha.

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  16. Sharon - August 2, 2017 12:51 pm

    I hesitate to call the Holy Spirit “it” because He is not. He is……part of the Holy Trinity and so many more names.

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  17. Debbie - August 2, 2017 12:56 pm

    Best one. Going to start my day with this everyday.

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  18. Bobbie - August 2, 2017 1:02 pm

    Ditto, Sean, ditto!

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  19. Camille Atkins - August 2, 2017 1:15 pm

    OMG, a Dean’s 7 layer Caramel and/or Chocolate cake–to die for!

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  20. Peggy - August 2, 2017 1:18 pm

    Thank you kind sir, and good wishes for you also. 😘

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  21. Mary Anne - August 2, 2017 1:20 pm

    Thanks, Sean, for another uplifting post today. I hope you have a great day today too. You sure helped start my day off well. As to the man you met in Lowe’s, I salute him for his good outlook on life. God Bless Him. I often give thanks for the use of two hands and two feet. I have a bum ankle from an old injury/surgery, it hurts a lot but it still works. I felt sorry for myself back in 1981 when I was on crutches (from surgery) and in a lot of pain…until I was lying in my hospital room and saw someone being rolled down the hall past my doorway with no feet. Aha, I thought, I have no reason to complain. Since I earn my living (as most of us do) using my two hands, I’m very grateful that both of them still work pretty well…age spots and all.

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  22. Cathi Russell - August 2, 2017 1:28 pm

    Big smiles! I hope your day is nothing short of spectacular, tbe kind of day you’ll remember with a goofy smile. Because we all need a day like that at least once a month. Today should be yours! Your books arrived yesterday and they’re gonna be my spectacular day today! See tomorrow!

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  23. Ernie Tompkins - August 2, 2017 1:35 pm

    You continue to add value to my day! Your writing is inspirational! Thank you!

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  24. Jennifer Moon - August 2, 2017 1:53 pm

    I have to say that I’m a brand new subscriber and I’m definitely not disappointed. I should have subscribed a long time ago. Have a great day!

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  25. Connie - August 2, 2017 2:07 pm

    Right back to you. Your writing inspires me every day. You are a beautiful soul. God bless.

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  26. Connie - August 2, 2017 2:13 pm

    Right back at you. You inspire me daily. You are a beautiful soul. God bless.

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  27. Deborah - August 2, 2017 2:32 pm

    My day always has one shiny, bright spot when I read your words.

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  28. Allison - August 2, 2017 2:49 pm

    Hope you have a great day! You just made mine on my birthday! 🙂

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  29. Jeannie - August 2, 2017 2:52 pm

    Right back at you, Sean!

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  30. Maryina - August 2, 2017 2:55 pm

    Thank you for this important message! It moved me on so many levels! Wishing the same for you…

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  31. Kay Keel - August 2, 2017 3:02 pm

    I hope you have a good day too Sean! Your columns have given me lots of smiles, big ol’ grins and a few tears, and I appreciate you for all of them!

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  32. Kathy Daum - August 2, 2017 3:17 pm

    Thank you. You helped me think about so many good things.

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  33. Alan - August 2, 2017 3:28 pm

    I live in the UK, but I have internet friends mostly across the USA and other countries, we talk and like each others post everyday, although we would never meet in person, and that means the world to me. Follow your letters daily, thank you and have a good day yourself. Alan.

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  34. ROBERT ANDERSON - August 2, 2017 3:28 pm

    Very humbling and very good!

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  35. Buck Godwin - August 2, 2017 3:45 pm

    I read this to a young woman who works for me who has fallen on hard times. She fell into my arms and bawled.

    I did too.

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  36. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way - August 2, 2017 4:23 pm

    Thank you! Back at you!!

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  37. Dolores Fort - August 2, 2017 4:54 pm

    Thank you, Sean, I needed that!

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  38. Hal - August 2, 2017 5:57 pm

    Thanks Sean- i shared this with someone very special to me thats going thru difficult times, and she’s Always On My Mind.
    “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Author Unknown

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  39. Alfred Adan - August 2, 2017 6:06 pm

    You, too, Sean. You, too.

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  40. Meloney - August 2, 2017 6:16 pm

    Sean, you write as good as Lewis Grizzard did.

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    • Gus - September 17, 2017 4:55 pm

      Similar but different. I loved Lewis in his day but the stage is Seans now. I’d love to hear more dog stories. Lewis’ dog Catfish was my favorite of his writings, as is Ellie May. I had a dog named Catfish long before I met Lewis. Maybe I’ll have an Ellie May some day. Have yourself the day of your liking.

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  41. Marion Pitts - August 2, 2017 6:28 pm

    Thank you. I needed this soulful reminder!

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  42. Mary Wilkinson - August 2, 2017 6:37 pm

    Thanks for making my day, Sean!

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  43. Barbara Nelle Ewell - August 2, 2017 6:56 pm

    I’m having an even better one — now.

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  44. Hal from Fla. - August 2, 2017 8:30 pm

    Thanks Sean – I shared this with someone very special to me that’s going thru a difficult time, and she’s ‘Always On My Mind’.
    “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Author Unknown

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  45. Patsy - August 2, 2017 8:39 pm

    Thank you. A day is always better because of your writings!

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  46. Janet Mary Lee - August 2, 2017 9:07 pm

    Amen!! Again!!! Happy Dance!!!! 🙂

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  47. Bill Wilhelm - August 2, 2017 10:00 pm

    Is it not said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? I post your dailies on my Facebook page. And I add my own note to it. Usually, I can easily think of something that applies from my 71 + years of memories.That’s a great exercise as well, even if some of those memories were sad or bad during a period of my life. I can then say that I’m happy to have escaped or made amends or learned a lesson or just glad to have made it through. You are a classic and one of the very best. From a red-haired admirer.

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  48. Pamela McEachern - August 2, 2017 10:07 pm

    My Uncle Charles was such a smart man. He once told me we have a choice to have a good day and we just have to focus on our attitude to determine that it is one. Some days are more challenging but I am always going to hold myself to this determination. Have a Good Day Y’all

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  49. Lynda Gayle Knight - August 2, 2017 10:44 pm

    Well, you’ve knocked another one out of the park. I did have a good day and I have a lot of that gray you talk about. Yes, I’m a retired English teacher who dares to end a sentence with a preposition and who is daring to work on her autobiography and mostly tell it like it was for my children, grandchildren and great-grand to know and understand who I really was and to remember some things I feel are really important in life. Former students would really love it! Hope they enjoy reading about me the way I enjoy learning about my friend Sean!

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  50. Gail Stewart - August 3, 2017 2:17 am

    My day was good after I read your column! Thank you!

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  51. Sandra - August 3, 2017 2:26 am

    Thank you. I had a great morning to mid afternoon with the love of my life. I spent almost four hours of late afternoon with a friend I used to work with. A very good day!

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  52. Ashley - August 3, 2017 3:01 am

    That was what I needed today. Thank you. Have a great night!

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  53. Jack Quanstrum - August 3, 2017 3:19 am

    Best I have read yet. Truly a story of Wonderment!

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  54. Ann Smalley - August 3, 2017 4:41 am

    Friend of Kandi from Texas. Your thoughts today were perfect. My husband had his 77th birthday today. We ate Tex Mex for dinner tonight with high school friends, laughed and reminisced. I actually laughed until my jaws hurt. Not just a good day, but a great day! We were high school sweethearts and been married 57 years. Celebrated our anniversary on a cruise to Havana. 99% of our days are good. Can’t beat that. Hope you had a wonderful day, too!😊

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    • Chuck Scarborough - August 5, 2017 11:40 pm

      Congratulations on 57 years with the one you truly love. I pray for the day when long marriages are once again the norm.

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  55. Brenda Elliott - August 3, 2017 12:04 pm

    Beautifully written…as always. You give life to words.

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  56. Melodie - August 3, 2017 2:13 pm

    WOW! Thank you! I feel my heart swelling. You just made my day, and I will pay it forward. A good lesson for all.

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  57. Tammy Walker - August 4, 2017 4:13 am

    Gorgeous.

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  58. LEB - August 4, 2017 10:37 pm

    You are an amazing gift to all of us. Thank you for focusing some of your magical, bright, beautiful energy on all of us so we can, in turn, pay it forward to others. This was exactly what I needed today. Thank you!

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  59. Lucretia - August 5, 2017 1:24 pm

    . . .and that has made all the difference. . .Thank you, Sean.

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  60. Cathy W - August 12, 2017 8:22 pm

    Thank you, Sean. And in the words of our friend, Angelique, who serves up unbeatable fried chicken at our favorite meat and two : ” Have a blessed and wonderful day”.

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  61. Judy - September 17, 2017 10:43 am

    I hope you have a really good day, also! Mine is off to a great start. Thank you!

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  62. Linda Bailey - September 17, 2017 4:31 pm

    We had my Great Granddaughter’s 4th birthday party yesterday. She is truly an Angel on this Earth. My hair is white as snow. She rubs my hair and tells me that God painted it.

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  63. unkle - September 17, 2017 4:43 pm

    I sit in the same living room where me and Grandpa would sit and play checkers. You know sometimes he would even let me win! He was crafty and loved to set up a tripple jump just because. In the 15 years I knew him he raised his voice at me 3 times. Then he apologized each time.March of 75 he passed to that great weedless garden up yonder. I oan his house now and now I am grandpaw! He called me son . I just called him grandpa.

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  64. Pam Ramos - September 17, 2017 5:37 pm

    Thank you for the kind ,loving words ! I hope your day, and every day, is as special as you are ! You bring a smile to me every day ! I now live in Texas but I sure miss LA( Lower Alabama ) .

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  65. anita fowler - September 18, 2017 3:47 am

    This one is exceptional. Hope you have a good week.

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