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Music & the Spoken Word: Each day is a special day

It takes a change in perspective to see that ‘every day in your life is a special occasion,’ Lloyd Newell observes

Editor’s note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square broadcast. This was previously aired on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Feb. 18. Due to the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra’s tour, there will not be live performances of “Music & the Spoken Word” on Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 3, and a past performance will be streamed.

The story is told of a man who was looking through his wife’s belongings shortly after she passed away. In her dresser, he found a very nice piece of clothing that she had bought on a trip many years earlier. He realized that she had never worn it; she was saving it for a special occasion. And now it was too late.

Later, the husband shared this experience with a friend, adding this advice: “Don’t save something only for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion.”

Those words changed his friend’s life. She said: “Now I spend more time with my family. I use crystal glasses every day. I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket if I feel like it. The words ‘someday’ and ‘one day’ are fading from my vocabulary. Now I take the time to call my relatives and closest friends. I’ve called old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I tell my family members how much I love them. I try not to delay or postpone anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives. And each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day. Each day, each hour, each minute, is special” (see “In Search of Treasure,” by President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign or Liahona, May 2003).

So many of our days — with their humdrum, their pressures, and their demands — don’t seem particularly special. But the fact is that life itself is miraculous and marvelous; it is, in a word, special. That doesn’t mean every day is always sunny and sparkling. We all have hard days and challenges, some of them ongoing. But it’s also true that every day has something, some little thing, that makes the day special: a bit of beautiful music, the sound of a bird, a cool breeze on a hot day, the thoughtfulness of a friend. Usually the little things are the big things.

In waiting for a special occasion, we might miss the many special occasions happening every day. So what if instead of postponing life we lived each day as a gift? After all, the fact that God has given us another day of life is surely cause to celebrate.

Tuning in …

The “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast is available on KSL-TV, KSL News Radio 1160AM/102.7FM, KSL.com, BYUtv, BYUradio, Dish and DirecTV, SiriusXM (Ch. 143),  tabernaclechoir.org, youtube.com/TheTabernacleChoir and Amazon Alexa (must enable skill). The program is aired live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time on these outlets. Look up broadcast information by state and city at musicandthespokenword.com/viewers-listeners/airing-schedules.

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