Mindful Living Wednesday Wisdom

What are you going to do with your today?

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How often have we scoffed at someone when they said “live in the present moment”! But really, think about what are you going to do with your today?

We can get so caught up with thinking about what we want to do with our lives that we forget to pause and pay attention to this day – today – the one we are living right now at this moment.

So, what are you going to do with your today?

I will admit there are so many possibilities and we have the beautiful gift of choice what we do with them.

Maybe we have to go to work because of the commitment to do work that we are paid for. But how we behave and the quality of the work we do are entirely up to us, and us alone.

Next, let’s pause to reflect on how we’re going to treat the other people we will come in contact with. Will we treat them with dignity, respect, love and compassion? Or will we be arrogant, judgmental and neglectful?

The choice is ours.

With these people be happy for having interacted with us or will they go away unhappy because we made their day miserable?

Again, we can choose what we are going to do with our today.

Perhaps I want to finish writing a book. To turn that dream into reality, I must make some effort towards that goal today – like writing n number of words.

Another personal example is the overwhelm I am facing right now because I have set a goal to clear the clutter at home in three months. The only way I can actually accomplish that is by spending an hour or three on a daily basis.  

Oh, right now my mind is filled with all kinds of problems and issues. What can I do to help myself? Go for a walk right now to allow my thoughts and my mind to settle down.

And so, each day brings its own set of challenges, and while a long walk may be perfect for today, maybe tomorrow will be better spent sitting down at a desk and focusing on the project that needs to be completed.

It is also good to spend time today to plan for tomorrow – you know what they say: failing to plan is planning to fail.

Each day is a lifetime in miniature.  To awaken each morning is to be born again, to fall asleep at night is to die to the day.  In between waking and sleeping are the golden hours of the day.  What we cannot do for a lifetime we can do for a daytime. The supreme art of living is to strive to live each day well. Live a day at a time and remember that tomorrow is another today.

Wilferd A. Peterson

Truly, each day is a lifetime in miniature. How I feel when I go to bed depends on how I spent my day, this wonderful gift I receive on a daily basis.

Instead of constantly trying to take care of weeks and months at a time, what if we also focused on living day to day?

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Some points to ponder

  • What can you do today to make it a fulfilling day?
  • What if we strive to live each day well?
  • What are you going to do with your today?

You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life.  It is yours.  It is the most precious of possessions.  No one can take it from you.  It is unstealable.  And no one receives either more or less than you receive.

Arnold Bennett
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4 Comments

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    Leana Lourens
    July 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Well we went for a lovely photoshoot in paarl. We wanted to see the cherry blossoms. It was so so beautiful now we are waiting for the photos 🌸😊

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      Vidya Sury
      July 25, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      I look forward to seeing the photos too, Leana! So glad you had a lovely time.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    July 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    All the philospohies about life boils down to one thing and that is living in the present. It is really important to live life in the here and now and experience every moment as it occurs. But this is easier said than done, most of us spend most of our time either thinking about the future or dwelling in the past.

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    Nicole Steyn
    July 25, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Wow! This has me thinking now… Somedays I set out with a plan of what I’m going to do and actually do it, other days I just take every moment as it comes and toss the plan out. Like today, we had planned to go to the shops first thing and then go past my parents to drop off tools and ended up staying a couple hours to help with some home renovations.

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