Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Not too often am I reminded of the many possibilities of today. What is today for most of us?
It usually consists of running errands, doing our best to get things done, and surviving to see tomorrow. But in all of our busyness, we sometimes forget the importance of today. The precious gift that we are given that we (including myself) take for granted.
Quit Talking About Tomorrow.
We usually tend to fall into the habit of talking about our dreams and goals, things that we will do in all the tomorrows that we have planned. It’s great that we have goals, and dreams, but we cannot forget that today is as precious as the hope of tomorrow.
We hope that tomorrow will come for us. We hope that we will have more time to make things right, to do things right–but we simply do not know what tomorrow will bring.
What if Today Was Your Last Day?
Last year I asked myself, How Would I Want To Be Remembered? It’s a running question in my home and one that I share all the time with my family. Do I want to be remembered as always out of the picture? Never having enough time with my family?
If today was my last day, would I say, “I wish I would have worked more?” or “Maybe I should have scrubbed the tub again?”
These things will be the furthest from my mind.
Instead, I know I will be asking, and hoping that I spent as much time with my family as I could. That I showed them love and how to love. That not everything we end up doing we like to do, but we end up loving to do it, because we love our families.
Too often we get caught up in the soil of here and now. That we are so buried deep with our responsibilities that we do not take our heads out of the dirt and look around.
Stop and Truly Smell The Roses.
Everyday, I sit down and I say thank you for just one more day. Thank you for a roof over my head. Thank you for a peaceful nights rest. I know I have no right complaining about not getting enough sleep, after all:
- There are people who are losing everything they have now due to storms.
- I have a bed to lay my head down tonight.
- My family is safe and sound.
All over the news, I’m hearing about storms and tornadoes ripping through communities, and changing lives. Am I going to sit around and complain about how much I need to get done? Nope. I have to put things in perspective. I’m learning that I must be grateful and thankful for today.
I can say we should let go of our past; that we should learn to forget and forgive (very important lessons) but I think letting go is more than just that. Letting go is letting it all go.
Past, and future. Not counting the chickens before they hatch. Truly looking at our lives for what they are–here and now–and learn how to live.
Not just survive.
Do you find yourself taking things for granted? How often do you remember that today was a gift? What is something you are going to change starting today?