September 23

Today's quotation:

Whatever you want to do, do it now.
There are only so many tomorrows.

Michael Landon

Today's Meditation:

It would be nice if we were guaranteed to have a tomorrow, but guess what?  Not a single person on this planet can say with absolute certainty that he or she will still be alive tomorrow.  By the time our next day dawns, who knows which of us will have moved on to whatever comes after our lives here?  The funny thing is that even with that degree of uncertainty, very few of us use that fact as a part of our decision-making processes when we face decisions about what we're going to do and when we're going to do it.

We face reminders every day that we're mortal, yet somehow we decide to live as if we're immortal, as if we don't have to face death someday.  We delay wants until tomorrow or next week or ten years from now, assuming that we'll be here later to fulfill those wants.  We delay telling people how we feel about them, we delay visiting places we want to visit, we delay starting writing that novel or making that quilt because we're too busy doing other things--not all of which we're so thrilled about--today.

We all have tons of choices to make every day, and most choices that most people make ensure that the status quo continues, be it in work or family or personal lives.  Rarely do we ask ourselves when we're facing a decision:  what if I'm not here anymore tomorrow?  If I knew I was going to die tonight in my sleep, which decision would I make?

While many very valid decisions do involve deferment of personal wants in order to take care of needs of other people, not all of them do.  The tragedy occurs when we delay valid gratification or fulfillment of wants or needs for little real reason, and our lives are much less richer when we make decisions that cause us to enjoy life less today in the hopes of enjoying it more tomorrow.

Questions to consider:

How often do you assume that you'll be here tomorrow?  Can you guarantee that?

Why do so many people put off doing things that they really want to do?

What would you really like to do today?

For further thought:

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses
that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

  

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