In her book More Time to Think, Nancy Kline refers to an article which posed that question. It said:
“Describe your current life – the number of hours you sleep each night; the amount of time you rush; the proportion of your day you worry; the amount of time you don’t just sit; the amount of time you don’t listen to your children and your partner; the amount of time people don’t listen to you; the amount of time you complain; the amount of self-betrayal you do by not sticking to your value of self-care the amount of time you do emails; the amount of time you don’t exercise; the number of days per month you drink alcohol; how often you don’t laugh; how frequently you don’t each freshly prepared food; your waist measurement; your weight; the amount of time you spend in aeroplanes and cars; the amount of time you are away from the people you love most.”
And then she says, here was the scary question.
“Is this sustainable?
Remember – life isn’t a dress rehearsal, so dare to be happier! x
Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle
my whole life problem at once. I can do something for twelve hours
that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today, I will be happy. This assumes to be true what
Abraham Lincoln said, that “most folks are as happy as
they make up their minds to be.”
Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study.
I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer.
I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try
to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck”
as it comes, and fit myself to it.
Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do
somebody a good turn, and not get found out. I will do at least
two things I don’t want to do–just for exercise. I will not show
anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt,
but today I will not show it.
Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can,
dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit,
not find fault with anything and not try to improve
or regulate anybody except myself.
Just for today, I will have a program. I may not follow
it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from
two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself,
and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try
to get a better perspective of my life.
Just for today, I will be unafraid. Especially I will not
be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe
that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.
Such a great poem! Worrying about the past is a complete waste of energy, as you can’t change even one tiny part of it. Just learn from it. Worrying about the future is a complete waste of energy as anything you are thinking or planning is in your imagination. So why waste your energy? This poem is a powerful reminder to live in the moment, to be mindful, and to take the time to just enjoy your life – and smell the roses.
Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday
And today was such a lovely day,
that I wondered why I worried about today yesterday
So today I am not going to worry about tomorrow
There may not be a tomorrow anyway
So today I am going to live as if there is no tomorrow
And I am going to forget about yesterday.
Today is the tomorrow I planned for yesterday
And nearly all my plans for today did not plan out the way I thought they would yesterday
So today I am forgetting about tomorrow and I will plan for today
But not too strenuously
Today I will stop to smell a rose
I will tell a loved one how much I love her
I will stop planning for tomorrow and plan to make today the best day of my life.
Today is the tomorrow I was afraid of yesterday
And today was nothing to be afraid of
So today I will banish fear of the unknown
I will embrace the unknown as a learning experience full of exciting opportunities
Today, unlike yesterday I will not fear tomorrow.
Today is the tomorrow I dreamed about yesterday
And some of the dreams I dreamt about yesterday came true today
So today I am going to continue dreaming about tomorrow
And perhaps more of the dreams I dream today will come true tomorrow.
Today is the tomorrow I set goals for yesterday
And I reached some of those goals today
So today I am going to set slightly higher goals for today and tomorrow
And if tomorrow turns out to be like today
I will certainly reach all of my goals one day!
~~ Author Unknown ~~