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Sunday, September 01, 2013

I.A.B.D.A.I.G.T.B.A." was the on the back of every swim camp shirt I ever owned. As an adolescent I thought it looked stupid, as a teenager I thought it was obnoxious, and as a young adult I thought it was contrived. Yet here I am thinking, "this is genius."

I.A.B.D.A.I.G.T.B.A. stands for "It's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive." Every morning the counselors and coaches would swing our dorm doors open and yell, "IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE" at the top of their lungs, turn the lights on, and ensure we were vertical in time for the first of three swim practices that day. I hated it, but came to expect it.

Now I get it. It's the positive affirmation and motivation behind it. So I'm trying it as I move into a new school year. Even when it's dark and cold or I'm behind on work or the emails have piled up, I will tell myself "It's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive." And while I might not truly mean it when I say it, I will by the time I finish my commute or super early morning workout because it's true.

It's September 1st, and well, it's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive.

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