Life moves at a million miles an hour. And so many times I feel engulfed by its pace and overwhelmed by the many things I have to balance on a daily basis. It feels like several days attack me all at once, but I have to learn to step back and change the pace of that onslaught.
There are always two days in every week that I should learn to ignore. With everything I have going on in my life, these two days do nothing to help me live in the moment. Yesterday and tomorrow always weigh heavily on me and distract me from the here and now. I focus too much on what I didn’t accomplish yesterday and think forward too often about what is waiting for me tomorrow and I forget to live in the present.
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I need to embrace each day as an opportunity to live life to the fullest and accept whatever challenges may face me on that one day. There is no sense in worrying about what tomorrow will bring, because I will never truly know that. And there is no point in reliving yesterday, because it is over. I cannot change the past. It will reflect itself in my present, sure, but I can choose how much power I give to that reflection.
I need to lay yesterday to rest and not consume myself with thoughts of tomorrow. I must give myself permission to meet the obligations and promise of each day with an open mind and an open heart. One day at a time will let me absorb all of the life that day has to give without being consumed by the days that lay behind or lay ahead. Those days, I cannot change.
My favorite saying (and my email address in short form) is Carpe Diem – Seize the Day. Life happens – there is nothing I can do to stop the moving freight train of time and only I can choose how I ride that train. I can look out behind me and see where I’ve been, I can look ahead and ponder where I am headed, or I can embrace the vibration of the life flowing through the train and live in the moment. The choice is mine.
Today, I am making the conscious choice to forget all of the things I didn’t accomplish at work yesterday. I cannot go back and do anything differently. Today, I am making a concerted effort not to think about the fact that I will be sitting in my office on Sunday catching up on the paperwork that has eluded me this week. Today, I am going to empty sap from the buckets hanging from those towering Maple trees. Today I am going to shovel the remains of Mother Nature’s perverse sense of humor from my deck and sit in the sun with a glass of wine in my hand. Today, I am going to live only for today.
How will you live your day today?