Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present, as the old adage goes. In all seriousness though, nothing in this world is guaranteed, and that includes tomorrow. The only moment that exists is the one that is happening right now, all around us. We may take today for granted, but one day we will long to have it back. After all, we will never be as young or beautiful as we are in this very moment. Each day we grow older. How blessed an ordinary day can seem when we consider the alternatives. We could be dead. We could have the worst day of our lives. Something truly tragic could happen, and then how we would long for today back! “Just” an ordinary day can be a real splendor.
On this topic, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“This moment is right now. It is what we have. How often we have squandered the treasure of today and dreamed of the fortunes of the future, only to mourn for the loss of this day. Today, we can see the excitement in the eyes of a child over some new discovery. Today, we can listen to an old friend before we get on to the next task. Have we missed today by not being present to it? Will we later weep tears of mourning and wish for its return? How much better to live it today.”
There is an old proverb that states when we live with one foot in the future and the other planted firmly in the past, we are pissing on our present. We can worry about the future or fret over what we did in the past all we want, but neither of these behaviors will actually change the outcomes. We don’t do ourselves good. Worry and stress never prepare us for what’s to come or alter what has already come to pass, no matter how much we might wish them to. It’s far better to embrace the current moment that is happening right here, right now, and enjoy the time we’re given. Nothing is promised. We need to make the most of what we have. One day, we will surely miss it. We will wish we had these times back!