“Let’s forget about tomorrow for tomorrow never comes”. So what about tomorrow? People live their lives full of hopes and fears about tomorrow. At times the fear of tomorrow is so great that actions meant for today become frozen, paralysed.
A lifetime spans many hours, days and years, but there is only one day in which it is possible to live. That day is today. We live each day from moment to moment, minute to minute and hour to hour. No matter how we view our lives, there is but a single moment in time in which we exist.
Whatever went before has passed. It is gone forever and cannot be changed. Tomorrow still lies ahead and is out of reach, out of our control. The only time that is within our control is today.
We all have hopes, fears and perhaps a few regrets. We may long for days that have gone. We may wish to change decisions that have already been made. Often too much time is spent longing for or regretting the past. Many hours are used up worrying about the future, what tomorrow will bring.
Time pondering over the past or worrying about the future is the one obstacle that prevents many of us from living our lives to the full in the only time we have – today. Each day is a precious gift that is gone too soon. Today will never be repeated. Each day represents a valuable part of our lives and we should strive to make it worthwhile. That means not postponing for tomorrow what we can do today.
Living for today does not mean that we should cast aside our dreams and plans for the future. Dreaming and planning are practical actions that we can do today. These dreams and plans will help us to realise our hopes and aspirations. Today, we can lay the foundations. We can begin the first step in the process of building. We can dream and formulate our ideas.
Planning for the future should never replace living and enjoying each moment of each day. While there is a time for sadness and mourning this will pass. There is a place for special memories. But the gift of today should not be squandered. The future will come but until it does it will always remain an unknown.
What we don’t do today may be done later, perhaps never. Even with the best laid plans tomorrow is full of surprises. Anything can happen at any time.
Then there is always the possibility that today will be your last chance to speak to an aging aunt, a long lost friend or someone that is very close.
Many planned a holiday of a lifetime in Thailand in 2004. The morning of December 26 began like any other but the peace and tranquillity of the day was broken by a huge wave sweeping across the islands. Two of those people were a cousin and his fiancé. They rose in the morning full of the joy of life never to be seen again. Many thousands of people perished.
The twelve step fellowships have learned this lesson well. Dealing with a lifetime ahead is too vast for us to face. Today is quite manageable. Anyone can face the challenges and tribulations of one day.