today 2 - today
I expect to pass through the world
but once. Any good therefore that I can do,
kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow
let me do it
now. Let me not defer or neglect
it, for I shall not pass this way again.
away all ambition beyond that of doing the day's work
well. The travelers on the road to success live in the
heedless of taking thought for the morrow. Live
neither in the past nor in the future,
but let each day's
work absorb your entire energies.
is experience. Tomorrow is hope. Today is getting from one to another as best we can.
Build a little
fence of trust
Fill the space with loving work,
And therein stay;
Look not through the sheltering bars
God will help thee bear what comes
Of joy or sorrow.
let yourself be absorbed completely, if you
completely to the moments as they pass,
you live more
richly those moments.
Anyone can carry
their burden, however hard, until nightfall.
Anyone can do their work, however hard, for one day.
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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
blooming outside our windows today.
do not worry about
will worry about itself. Each
day has enough
trouble of its own.
have spent my days stringing and
song I came to
remains unsung to this day.
Finish every day and
be done with it. You have done what you could.
blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them
as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well
and serenely and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered
with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and
It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to
waste a moment on yesterdays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
person is happiest who lives from day to day
and asks no
more, garnering the simple goodness of a life.
who every morning plan the
transactions of the day and follow out that plan
a thread that will guide them through the labyrinth of the
most busy life.
The orderly arrangement of their time is
like a ray of light which darts itself
through all their occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the
disposal of time
is surrendered merely to the chance of
incidents, chaos will soon reign.
up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled
with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of
universe of your life. It is yours. It is the most
possessions. No one can take it from you. It
And no one receives either more or less
than you receive.
All ages have said and
repeated that one should strive to know one's self.
is a strange demand which no one up to now has measured
up to and,
strictly considered, no one should. With all their study and effort,
people are directed to what is outside,
to the world about them,
and they are kept busy coming to
know this and to master it to the extent
that their purposes require. . . . How can you come to know yourself?
Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty,
and you'll know
right away what you amount to. And what
is your duty? Whatever the day calls for.
Wolfgang von Goethe
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|Do not look back on happiness, or
dream of it in the future.
You are only sure of today; do
not let yourself be cheated out of it.
Henry Ward Beecher
I am in
the present. I cannot know what tomorrow
bring forth. I can know only what the truth
is for me
what I am
called upon to serve.
people are making such
thorough preparation for rainy
that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.
Live for today.
Multitudes of people
have failed to live for today. . . .
What they have had
within their grasp today they have missed
because only the future has intrigued them.
William Allen White
The best preparation
for good work tomorrow
is to do good work today.
We know nothing of tomorrow; our business
to be good and happy today.
day is a lifetime in miniature. To awaken each morning is
to be born again,
to fall asleep at night is to die to
the day. In between waking and sleeping are
hours of the day. What we cannot do for a lifetime
do for a daytime.
"Anyone," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, "can
live sweetly, patiently,
lovingly, purely, till the sun
goes down." Anyone can hold their temper
for a day and
guard the words they speak. Anyone can carry
heroically for one day. Anyone can strive
to be happy for
a day and to spread happiness around.
Anyone can radiate
love for a day. Anyone can rise
above fear for a day and
meet each new situation with courage.
Anyone can be kind
and thoughtful and considerate for a day.
endeavor to learn something new each day
and mark some
growth. . . .
The supreme art of living is to strive to live each day
well. . . .
Live a day at a time and remember that
tomorrow is another today.
Wilferd A. Peterson
each good day and relish each moment.
Take each bad day
and work to make it good.
to live in the present, and the only history
that is worth a tinker's
damn is the history we make today.
Those who allow
their days to pass by without practicing generosity
life's pleasures are like a blacksmith's bellows--
they breathe but
they do not live.
life is too late. Live today.
|I still find
each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks
I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I
want to see.
day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth;
every fresh morning a little youth; every going
to rest and
sleep a little death.
each morning with a smile brightening
my face; to greet the day with
reverence for the
opportunities it contains; to approach my work
mind; to hold ever before me, even
in the doing of little
things, the Ultimate
Purpose toward which I am working;
to meet men
and women with laughter
lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind
and courteous through all
the hours; to approach
the night with
weariness that ever woos sleep
joy that comes from work well done--this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.
Thomas Dekker (c.
each day, all that can be done that day.
You don’t need to
overwork--or to rush blindly into your work, trying to do the
possible number of things in the shortest possible amount of time.
try to do tomorrow’s--or next week’s--work today.
It’s not so much
the number of the things you do but the quality, the efficiency of
separate action that counts. . . . you need only to succeed in the
tasks of each day. This
makes a successful day. With
enough of these,
you have a successful week, month, year--and lifetime.
morning when we wake up we’ve been given a wonderful
day of life—so let’s make the most of it.
can do it for us. . . .
Genuine happiness can only be realized once
we commit to making it a
personal priority in our lives.
be a new behavior for some of us and
a bit intimidating.
Be gentle with yourself.
It will all unfold.
new behavior, happiness can be learned.
|Nothing is worth more than this day.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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normal day! Holding it in my hand this one last moment,
I have come to see it as more than an ordinary rock. It
is a gem, a jewel. In time of war, in peril of death,
people have dug their hands and faces into the earth and
remembered this. In time of sickness and pain,
people have buried their faces in pillows and wept for this.
In time of loneliness and separation, people have stretched
themselves taut and waited for this. In time of
hunger, homelessness, and want, people have raised bony hands
to the skies and stayed alive for this. . . .
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure
you are. Let me learn from you, love you,
before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of
and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I
may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my
nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow,
stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want
more than all the world your return. And then I will know what I
am now guessing: that you are, indeed, a common rock and
not a jewel, but that a common rock made of the very mass
substance of the earth in all its strength and plenty puts a
gem to shame.
The day is over, and now I will sleep.
Mary Jean Irion
in "Let Me Hold You While I May"
from Yes, World. A Mosaic of Meditation
today 2 - today
|Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities
and realities of
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of achievement,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of
And tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
from the Sanskrit
has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day.