Today is where yesterday and tomorrow meet. Today is where yesterday has brought you. Today is where you decide yesterday won’t define tomorrow. Today is where you change tomorrow by acting today. Today is where possibility lies, with yesterday written and tomorrow not yet created. Today is what we have now. Do something your future self will thank you for, but most of all cherish today as if there were no yesterday and no tomorrow.
Life is a series of moments, a series of nows, a series of choices, a series of yeses and nos, a series of ups and downs. Stop obsessing about what’s past, gone, done, what could have been, what should have been, what might be or not be. Focus on the moment, the now, the choice you have today. There won’t be another one just like it, and it can make all the difference.
Every day is full of possibilities. Possibilities to push boundaries, to unleash potential, to go harder than ever before. Possibilities can turn into realities. Every day has ‘watch this space’ written all over it. Every day can be better than the next. Today is the only way we’ll change the game. Today is all we have. Start writing, painting, singing, building, doing, being. Make today a space to watch.
Stars are formed in a cloud of dust. The cloud of gas and dust collapses under it’s own gravitational attraction. And a protostar is born, made up of some of the gas and dust it’s gathered in the process. What does this have to do with you? Well, you never know what might happen tomorrow. If you think your world is ending or you feel your world is unclear, remember you never know what might happen tomorrow. All the trouble and turmoil is building you into a star. A beautiful, bright star. Have faith. And don’t give up too easily. Your world isn’t ending, it’s just beginning.
Mortality is our only true weakness. In a flash, we could be gone and so could anyone around us. But mortality is also our greatest asset. Think about how much more we’d give, if we realised how precious our time is and how limited our time is. We’d love deeper. We’d forgive those who wronged us more quickly. We’d say the words left unsaid. We’d swallow our pride. We’d be bolder in our pursuits. The clouds that loom over our mind would dissipate, because the answers would become much clearer. Let’s not wait until tomorrow. Today is your day to write as you please. Only put off until tomorrow that you are willing to die having left undone.
Regret can be bitter, distressing, and fierce. It gnaws at our pleasure, our time, and our sense of self. But we are always making decisions and taking paths. To regret one of those choices is to assume that life would be better if we had made a different one. But really, that’s just holding onto a possibility to avoid facing reality. Our reality isn’t something we should regret, no matter what circumstances we’re in. We wouldn’t be who we are without all the moments that have led up to now. And these are the moments that turn tragedies into joy and fortune. Our reality now doesn’t need to be our reality tomorrow. We are always capable of learning and changing. If we care enough to regret, then we should care enough to act. Life isn’t over because we’ve made a mistake. It’s just another beginning.
Five questions we should ask ourselves everyday
- What do I want to accomplish today? (Did I accomplish what I wanted to?) – Starting each day with intention, however small, sparks our desire to have a good day. Everything worth having will require work, so taking a few steps everyday towards our dreams or goals will make all the difference.
- What would make today great? (What made today great?) – Starting each day with a positive mind injects positivity into everything we touch, whether that be other people or what we do. Consciously thinking about what would make us happy pushes us to find those things that make us happy. At the end of the day, we might find something completely unexpected made our day great. And that’s because a positive mind invites good vibes, which invites good things.
- What am I grateful for today? – Starting each day with a full heart reminds us of how lucky we are, especially during times when we feel like everything is against us. Gratitude brings perspective to what really matters.
- Have I expressed my love to my family and friends? – It’s simple: a day shouldn’t go by without expressing our love to our loved ones. Even just a phone call or an ‘I love you’ will suffice. Too often, we take love for granted. But really, it’s the only thing that counts.
- What would make tomorrow better? (What did I learn today?) – We’re not perfect, and that’s ok. Sometimes we make mistakes. Whether we had a great day or a bad day, there’s always something we can take with us from today in our efforts to be better tomorrow.
The now is something we are told we should pay attention to, but since it’s so blindingly obvious, we just ignore it. But the present works in our favour. The present is a blessing. So here are three reasons why the present is awesome and why we need to re-route our attention:
- Taking one step at a time – The future can be daunting. Goals can be intimidating. Processes take time, and that can be terrifying. So let’s just focus on this moment now. Let’s focus on this step, this stage, this hurdle, this challenge, and worry about the others later. Life’s so much more digestible, satisfying and relaxing this way.
- Looking at where we are instead of where we’re going – It’s easy to get caught up in planning and projecting and doubting and working. It’s so exhausting that we leave no time to enjoy or appreciate what is right in front of us. Overtime, we develop a twisted mindset where nothing is sufficient and we become dependent on the hypothetical. Let’s take a look around us. We might be pleasantly surprised by what we find.
- Only now is guaranteed – We hear it all the time, but does it really sink in? We don’t know what tomorrow holds. There might be unexpected situations or undesirable circumstances. We shouldn’t take our life for granted. Let’s not leave words unsaid or work unfinished or problems unsolved. Let’s not leave our dreams for tomorrow or put off our passions for another day. What is it that we’re waiting for? Because our chance may never come again. This moment is the only moment for living.
Sometimes we spend too much time on tomorrow; we dream and work for the life we want to have and we worry and weep about ending up with the life we don’t want to have. I’m not going to say it’s a waste, but how often do we stop to look at today? Without today, we wouldn’t ever be able to appreciate our progress, ever reap the benefits of what we sow, or ever assess what works and what doesn’t. Today is the moment we feel, we start, we learn. Our tomorrows are built up of a number of todays. Once we master today, then we can take on tomorrow.
Is there such a thing as the perfect life? If there is, would we actually ever want it or would we actually know we had it?
There are always times of contentment and gratitude, which are by far two of the most significant emotions in life. But there are also times of hunger, striving and moving forward. Sometimes this is in opposition with thankfulness and a present mindset, because we reach for everything we don’t have. But it’s also beautiful that humankind can hope, dream and act to make their and other people’s lives better.
There are also times of suffering and pain that we wish we could bypass or quickly recover from. But how would we know love, happiness and achievement without hardship and failure?
A perfect life might be easier but would it really be better? I think life is turbulent, where we experience a blend of all, the bad and the good, and still keep going. What is life to you?