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Count That Day Lost

by George Eliot

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What is a self-denying deed in "Count That Day Lost"?

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In "Count That Day Lost," a self-denying deed could be to make someone smile or to help someone. What George Eliot is trying to say is that a good day is one in which you may have to sacrifice something in order to open the door for someone else's happiness, and this makes life worthwhile.

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In George Eliot's poem "Count that Day Lost," the poet conveys a message of altruism, selflessness, and empathy. It states that, if we spend one day putting our needs, wants, and conveniences first while not acknowledging the needs of others, we can count that day lost. It is hard to make the world a better place thinking only of yourself.

One may have that helping word, that tool, or that one opportunity that could turn someone's life around. Doing so, that is, considering the needs of others, is the only way the world can move forward. Think of the person that saves one starfish out of thousands out on the sand. He may have saved only one, but he saved it, nevertheless.

Therefore, living life understanding that sometimes we need to deny ourselves something in order to help another is pivotal for a good life and, by default, would make our day count.

A day well spent is a day in which we do something kind for others. We share our blessings so that others with less luck and more obstacles in their lives can at least get a chance to move out of their rut. This is worthy. It is a day that completely makes life worth it.

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