todays make our tomorrows, and our
present lives determine the bridge on
which we must enter the next life.
Minot J. Savage
life in terms of your vision and working toward your
goals must be done
in the context of today's activities. Do not focus too heavily on the results
of your efforts.
Do not live for the future attainment of your goal. Live
through the lens of your vision and what can be
done in the present moment. Living your vision is not
about reaching your goals. It is about living
toward them. It is not about producing results but about
your life in a more meaningful and personally
has been well said that no
person ever sank under the burden
day. It is when
burden is added to the burdens of
today that the weight is
a person can bear. Never
yourselves so, my friends. If
yourself so loaded, at least remember
it is your own doing, not God's. He begs you to leave the
future to Him, and mind the present.
common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed
on something remote. In the same manner present
are neglected, and attainable good is
slighted by minds busied
in extensive ranges and intent
upon future advantages.
present contains all that there is. It is holy ground;
for it is the past, and it is the future.
Alfred North Whitehead
Only you know what you
need to do to live a happy life. You are
the expert and
know the secret lies in loving, forgiving, believing,
accepting, and creating. You probably intend to do all of
and are deciding now when you are going to start
your authentic life. Stop deciding, just do it!
Remember this: Now is the only time you have. When God
the universe, it was now. You can't say to
creation and energy,
"I'll do it later, not now."
Later doesn't exist. Creation doesn't know
now. Whenever you get around to doing what you
want to do,
it will be now. The things you need to do to live a
more fulfilling life--the only time you can
possibly start doing them is now.
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we are left with then is the present, the only time where
We place the past and the future as well
into the hands of God. The biblical
statement that "time
shall be no more" means that we will one day live
in the present, without obsessing about past or
Just for today I will
that I am
getting better and
becoming whole. I
realize that I
have more to
to a relationship
than I did yesterday. Just for today
beautiful, I am
all I need to get
through the day.
fresh attitude starts to happen when we look to see that yesterday
was yesterday, and now it is gone; today is today and now it is new.
It is like that--every hour, every minute is changing. If we
observing change, then we stop seeing everything as new.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Sybil F. Partridge
today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham
Lincoln said is true, that "most folks are about as happy
as they make up their minds to be." Happiness is
from within; it is not a matter of externals.
today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to
adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my
family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself
today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it,
care for it, nourish it, not abuse nor neglect it, so that it
will be a perfect machine for my bidding.
today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn
something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I
will read something that requires effort, thought, and
today I will exercise my soul in three ways; I will do
somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at
least two things I don't want to do, as William James
suggests, just for exercise.
today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can,
dress as becoming as possible, talk low, act courteously, be
liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with
anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.
today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle
my whole life problem at once. I can do things for
twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for
today I will have a program. I will write down what I
expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly,
but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests,
hurrying and indecision.
today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and
relax. In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God,
so as to get a little more perspective in my life.
today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to
be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe
that those I love, love me.
|There is only one way really to live, and that is to start out every
morning with a firm resolution to get the most out of that day, to
live it to the full. No matter what happens or does not happen,
what comes or does not come, resolve that you will extract from
every experience of the day something of good, something that will
make you wiser and show you how to make fewer mistakes to-morrow.
Say to yourself, "This day I begin a new life. I will forget everything in
the past that caused me pain, grief, or disgrace."
The Joys of Living
compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the
course of the year
to a great bundle of sticks, far too
large for us to lift. But God does not require us
carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the
bundle, and gives us
first one stick, which we are to
carry today, and then another, which we are
tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage,
if we would only take
the burden appointed for us each
day; but we choose to increase our troubles
yesterday's stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's
to our load, before we are required to bear it.
Would'st shape a noble life? Then
No backward glances toward the past,
And though somewhat be lost and gone,
Yet do thou act as one new-born;
What each day needs, that shalt thou ask,
Each day will set its proper tasks.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
|I find it much more
difficult to live in the present than many people lead us
to believe it is. The other day I was hiking up a
mountain, and I found it a constant struggle to focus on
all that surrounded me, all the beauty that was there.
All this struggle, and I try to live fully in the present.
I have to wonder how difficult it is for people who make
no attempt to do so. My mind was all over the place--on
something that had happened the day before, on something
that had happened weeks or months or years before, on
some things that had never happened, on what I was going
to be doing when I got home and the next day and the next
week. . . .
fascinating to see just how quickly the mind can focus
elsewhere. Thought is a gift, but I believe that too
often, we use it as a way to escape today, to escape this
present moment, because right now is too boring or too
dangerous or too risky. Of course, we have to make plans
and we have to think ahead, but can't we get the most out
of the now while we're doing so? I find that I'm most
fully in the present when I'm working on something,
focusing on the process of creating something or fixing
something or fulfilling some need.
I believe that it takes
a lot of work to learn to focus on the present moment,
and I know that I've still got a lot of work to go.
Or maybe I'm all wrong--maybe
those people who don't have to try to live in the present
are the ones who do so most fully.
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|Through loyalty to the past, our
mind refuses to realize that
joy is possible
only if today's makes way for it;
that each wave owes the
beauty of its line only to the withdrawal
is cheap generosity which promises the future in
compensation for the present.
Today's egg is better than
better live your best and act your best and think your
for today is the sure preparation for
and all the other tomorrows that follow.
Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.
They who have so many
causes of joy, and so great, are very much in love
sorrow and irritability if they lose all these pleasures
to sit down upon their little handful of thorns.
Enjoy the blessings of this day,
if God sends them,
and bear patiently and sweetly the evils of it,
day only is ours. We are dead to yesterday, and we
are not yet born
to tomorrow. But if we look abroad
and bring into one day's thoughts
the evil of many things
certain and uncertain, what will be and
what will never
be, our load will be as intolerable as it is unreasonable.
I am not afraid of
tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
I feel very happy to see
the sun come up every day. I feel happy
to be around. . . . I
like to take
this day--any day--and go to town with it.
We all get 24 hours a
day. It's the only fair thing;
it's the only thing
equal. It's up to us as to
what we do with those 24 hours.
is something to be able to paint a particular picture,
or to carve
a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more
glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through
which we look.
To affect the quality of the day--that is the
highest of arts.
today's duty, fight today's temptation; do not weaken
by looking forward to things you cannot see,
could not understand if you saw them.
not of what you did yesterday, but
you can do for yourself
inquire whatever the future has in store,
and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
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I will live this day as if it
is my last.
And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument.
This day I will make the best day of my life. This day I will
drink every minute
to its full. I will savor its taste and give thanks. I
will make every hour count
and each minute I will trade only for something of value. I will
labor harder than
ever before and push my muscles until they cry for relief, and then I
continue. I will make more calls than ever before. I will
sell more goods
than ever before. I will earn more gold than ever before.
of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday. My last
must be my best.
I will live this day as if it is my last.
And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.
The Greatest Salesman in the World
have to count on living every single day in a way you believe
make you feel good about your life--so that if it
tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself.
terms of days and moments lived, you’ll never again be as young as
you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a
that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun.
important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you’re
just a kid, but
a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless.
Younger by the Day
|Today is gold that covers hill and dell,
and rich are they who use it well.
See each morning
a world made anew, as if it were the
morning of the very first day; treasure and use it,
as if it were the final hour of the very last day.
Fay Hartzell Arnold
today! No matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it
The world may need just that quality of light which you have.
Henry C. Blinn
|Each morning is a fresh beginning.
We are, as it were, just beginning life.
We have it entirely in our own hands. And when the morning with its
fresh beginning comes, all yesterdays should be yesterdays, with which
we have nothing to do. Sufficient is it to know that the way we lived our
yesterday has determined for us our today. And, again, when the morning
with its fresh beginning comes, all tomorrows should be tomorrows, with
which we have nothing to do. Sufficient to know that the way we live
our today determines our tomorrow.
Ralph Waldo Trine
"Thought I Met on the Highway"