Red Thought of the Week
Key Phrase: Red Letter Day
So reflect for a minute: when is the last time you had a“red
letter day”, “any day of special significance?”
If you want a little more background, you can find out that “The term originates from Medieval church calendars. Illuminated manuscripts often marked initial capitals and highlighted words in red ink, known as rubrics. The First Council of Nicaea in 325 decreed the saints' days, feasts and other holy days, which came to be printed on church calendars in red. The term came into wider usage with the
appearance in 1549 of the first Book of Common Prayer in which the calendar showed special holy days in red ink” (Wikipedia).
What’s key here is that red letter days are special because they’re different and because they mark something important.
The challenge in this thought of the week is simple and perhaps a little corny: as you go through the next few days, what can you do to make each one a little more special different or significant? That’s not such an easy question, and I don’t ask it to take anything away from occasions that genuinely deserve special marking—I like holidays and other
celebrations quite a lot. But at the same time wouldn’t it be nice if we experimented a little and treated the activities of each day as if they were more special, different or important? Wouldn’t it add to our vitality and joy in life if we made some conscious choices to come up with new ways to make ordinary things special? Wouldn’t it just be a really uplifting way to live?
Red letter days, because they do highlight the significance of at least certain occasions, also lead us to consider whether we can make every day of special value in its own way. How could this mode of thinking work for you this week?