Many people of the older generation have happy memories of the family dinner table, which was the very centre of family life, and where people would share jokes, talk about their day, share their activities and problems, give and get advice etc. The advent of TV killed this in many homes and the hectic life style killed it in many more, with people rushing off to various pursuits. These days, too much talk is negative. There are always complaints. If the news is on during the meal, there is usually more negativity.

family dinner

Kitchen table - centre of family life

When my granddaughter was quite young, her parents introduced what has become a tradition in their family. After the evening meal, my granddaughter is asked “What is the BEST thing that happened to you today?” After relating the best thing, she then asks everyone present the same question, one by one.

Dinner time at my son’s table is a happy time of sharing and the happiest part is that “What is the BEST thing that happened to you today?”  I believe this is a marvellous tradition.

There is always something we can be thankful for, and thinking of that lessens the impact of negative things.

I wonder how you would respond to that question?

What is the BEST thing that happened to you today?

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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5 Responses to THE BEST THING

  1. Todd Beal says:

    What is the BEST thing that happened to you today?

    I read your life story.


    • That was the best thing?
      Well, since I believe it is all about HIM and the way He worked in my life, I’ll agree, and if it led you to praise God for His goodness and faithfulness, it surely was the best thing.


  2. snowgood says:

    TVs and food? They’re like oil and water aren’t they? Except when there’s a Grand Prix on (the exception that proves the rule?).

    We haven’t had all the family around a table for a while (our boys have been in other countries most of their working lives) but we too have often asked the question.

    Of course it can often flush out some super stories particularly when the kids were still at school. The best thing that happened to me today?

    Sitting in the warm sunshine with Roz on my lap on the banks of The Danube, watching the world go by. Priceless.


    • We haven’t had the whole family together for many years. I am longing for a new family portrait but it hasn’t been possible for all of us to be together – there is always one or more missing. I guess that is the result of having 5 academic sons. They are spread all over the place.

      Sitting on the banks of the Danube sounds priceless – and more relaxing than some of the places you’ve been blogging about.


  3. Pat says:

    The Best Thing that happened to me today is that God woke me up with my mind still on Jesus!”Hallelujah”! I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful day my Sister. :D


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