Each day we’ve got the choice of how we want to live our lives. At the beginning of a new work week I thought we’d stop for a minute or two and think about this very important choice. It really comes down to a 3 things: words, actions, and thoughts. That’s our influence on our own life. Of course, there’s the whole aspect of influence by other people but a huge portion of how we live our lives is dependent on ourselves, but even when it comes to other people we actually have a lot of control.
Today I want to focus on these three things because you just never know how much time you have left. Among others I subscribe to the New York Times daily headline email. In each and every one there are at least 3 obituary notices. I don’t know all of the people they share, but I do know there are more people than I know dying each day; people who have made great contributions to the world, and some who didn’t get a chance to fully realize their potential.
We only have today to live for. We can plan and hope for tomorrow, but it may not come. The only guarantee we have is today. So when you wake up in the morning and just want to turn over for another day, week or decade or two and avoid the world, think about what that would mean if today was your last day. I’m all for spending the day in bed, I love curling up with a great book or TV show. But life isn’t really lived to the fullest extent spent in bed with the covers over our head hiding from the world.
No, life is only lived out in the world. Today we’re blessed to be able to explore even more of the world through our computers and connect with countless people we’ve never technically met, like I do with you each week. But we still have to get out there and explore.
So what will you do with today?
“We pass through this world but once.” Stephen Jay Gould