Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last
Too many times in this life we choose to do something based on the concept that tomorrow is promised to us. I think that may be one the me most fatal flaws that the human race possesses. I am not saying that one should go out and commit acts of crime because tomorrow might not come. Rather I think that there are times in a day that we allow our fear of the unknown dictate who we are, and how we act.
Time is a slave to no man, there is no guarantee that tomorrow is going to come.
Those are the two truths that I know without doubt, and with absolute certainty. I know that I could go to bed tonight and may not wake, or worse. Time is a concept that we allow ourselves to become slaves to. We are shackled into bondage as soon as we are taught to read the hands on a clock. Don’t get me wrong, I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to this, so allow me to tell you a story.
Growing up I never payed much attention to clocks. I remember always being on time and rarely getting into trouble for being tardy. Back then in innocence we knew that we were to check in. We knew that when the light began to leave the sky, it was time to make our way home. I knew when supper would be ready, and knew when I was supposed to be home. In that time, I never thought about tomorrow, because to me as a child the day that I was living in was the only one that mattered.
As I grew and when I got my first job, those days became a memory and life began. From then on, I was a slave to time, because in the end I knew that I had to be in certain places at certain times. Truthfully that wasn’t as bad as one would think. We are all subject to schedules and people and places that we have to be.
In my twenties, I had my first real brush with this concept that time is not a guarantee. I had a nasty car accident. No one’s fault but my own, it wasn’t God, it wasn’t another person, only me who drove a car when I was too drunk to justify even walking. It was the first accident that solidified my belief that there were no guarantees on time.
In my thirties I had another brush with death, and again it was no one’s fault but mine. If your curious I am an addict, I would say recovered, but that is for another time. I used heroine for the first and only time and over dosed. I apparently died on the way to the hospital three more times. It was then that clarity came to me.
Time is fleeting, and in each breath, every heartbeat, we are not promised another. So, if this is the case, why not make each one count for something special and show the world through my actions who I am. Words are nice, and they look great on a screen or on paper. In the end though they are only words and have no meaning if there in none placed in them.
The point I was trying to make before I derailed my train of thought was simply this. Each day you are alive is one more day that you have to make a difference in someone’s life. It is one more chance to make a change that can affect the world. For every bad thing that lays in wait in the world there are two good ones to counter. For every villain there is a hero.
The world needs your smile, your laughter, your energy, your desire to make a difference. Smiles is the longest word in the English language if you perceive it to be, if you don’t believe me look. I see a mile between each letter s.
Whether you believe in God, or Gods, or no god at all the concept is the same throughout life. Kindness can move the world if you let it. We are all unique and that is the best thing in the world. Each of us offers something new to the mix and in that we become something new. We are something that no man can tear down, no wind can bend, and NO STORM CAN DESTROY.
I told you that I am spiritual and in that I will leave you with a quote from my bible. You are free to take it or leave it as you will.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow shall be anxious for its own things. Sufficient to the day is the evil of it.
I have always thought this verse interesting because it’s my mantra, or at least I try to make it. Being worried about tomorrow will do nothing for me but add stress that I don’t need. There are plenty of things that we can worry about today, right now, even this very moment. So, let tomorrow come as it will, but let’s rejoice in today and make it count.