Date Added: August 2016
Pope Paul VI said, “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
It seems few of us live our lives in this manner. We focus on going to work each day, working hard, making money to provide for our families, and saving money for our futures. What little extra time we have is driving our children from event to event, doing work at home, and taking care of our elderly loved ones. Do we take time to enjoy today?
Sarah’s doctor gave her four months to live when diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. That was three years ago. A single mother of two teenage children. Sarah works full-time and receives chemotherapy every few weeks.
She is often asked, “How do you live each day with cancer hanging over your head?” She smiles. “I treat each day as a gift. I live for today. And I’m happier now than I was prior to my diagnosis.”
We don’t wish cancer on anyone and hope we don’t wait for this type of life-changing event to recognize that each day is a gift now. Why waste our lives for trivial concerns? We can’t forget yesterday and worry about tomorrow – forgetting today. We miss out on the happiness we’re seeking when it sits right in front of us.
Today is the most important day of your life. Live and enjoy it as if it was your last because it will not occur again. Enjoy the clouds, the wind, the rain. Enjoy your co-workers’ pessimism. Appreciate your spouse reminding you about something you forgot.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment.” Dedicate yourself to living each day fully in the moment and you will be amazed at how your happiness and engagement improve. Sparrows indeed!
David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.