In exchange for today

by Hetal Shah on February 28, 2012

in Life

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” – Sandy Puc

Oftentimes I really do wonder what I’m giving up today to make today possible. Then I realise, if today didn’t happen, the regrets I would have of all those things that aren’t going to happen is what I’m giving up. The disappointment of not living the future as I see it. That’s what I would be giving up. So every day that goes by, I want to make sure that I live that future. Now.

The importance of today has been very marginalised by the promise of an illusory tomorrow – an event that is yet to happen, may not happen, but that which the human mind has already created, lived, experienced, devoured, and relived a thousand times over. That is the promise of tomorrow. And that illusion is what I am constantly exchanging for today.

If tomorrow is the day I allocate for my family,
Then I have exchanged them for today.
If tomorrow is the day I allocate for my conversation with God,
Then I have exchanged Him for today.
If tomorrow is the day I allocate for my own personal connection,
Then I have exchanged myself for today.
If tomorrow is the day I allocate to living a fuller life,
Then I have exchanged my life for today.

Tomorrow is today’s future, and yesterday is today’s past.

The only reality is today. And it is the only time we really have.

[This post has been inspired by a recent Zach and Jody blog post - two very inspirational human beings I look up to, and am learning a lot of life's basic principles by just reading/hearing/watching them live it.]

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