What each day needs, that shalt thou ask. Each day will set its proper task. ~ Goethe
If you think today is just another day, think again.
Today is all you have, or all you can count on. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow may not come. But today can be embraced and enjoyed and made the most of.
Writer/author Annie Dillard once said, “How we live our days is…how we live our lives.” Think about the amazing wisdom of that! If we spend our days stressed or fragmented or unhappy, those days accumulate into a stressed, fragmented, and unhappy life.
But…if we spend our days in grateful wonder, love, and joy, the life we create reflects the same.
Some say we can’t control what happens to us, especially the bad things. That’s true. But we can control how we respond to everything in our lives.
Therein lies our power to create a well-lived life. Not a perfect life, not a life without sadness or pain, but a well-lived life.
Embrace today and do your best in all the day brings. You’ll ensure your memories of yesterday are good ones and future tomorrows are worth looking forward to.
My grandfather encouraged me to memorize the writing below when I was young. It has been attributed to ancient Sanskrit writings and was included by Sir William Osler in a printing of his address entitled, “A Way of Life,” made to a class at Yale in 1913. It is wisdom that, for me, has stood the test of time.Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn, ” Look to this day, for it is Life… The very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the varieties and realities of our existence… The bliss of Growth, The glory of Action, The splendor of Beauty… For Yesterday is but a dream, And Tomorrow is only a vision, But Today, well lived, Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.” Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.
What habits have you cultivated to ensure that each day is lived to its fullest?
Photo credit: “Man greeting dawn” by Sergey Galushko via Deposit Photos