Today will be the yesterday you long for tomorrow. Make the most of it while it’s here.
Do you ever long for the “good old days” when things were somehow simpler and life made more sense? It’s a universal human tendency to long for the past as an escape from the present.
As you age and as the world continues to speed up, the past may seem an appealing respite from the challenges of your present. Yet, you are making more pasts all the time. Today, this moment will shortly be in the past. It will join the sacred narrative that tells the tale of your life.
The question is what kind of a memory will this day be? When you’re rocking in the chair of old age, will today be a day that makes you close your eyes and smile with pride?
Power hack: Live now while you can. Make every day a past worth cherishing. One day your days of action will be complete. You’ll only have memories of what you did and what was left undone.
The 17th Century English poet, Robert Herrick penned perhaps the quintessential of this concept in one his poems.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.
You and I are citizens of eternity, but this form, this now has its limits. Make the most of this day while it’s here.
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