This is an ancient Sanskrit poem …the wisdom echoes down over the centuries…..
A Life Well Lived
Look well to this day
For it is life
The very best of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence,
The joy of growth, the splendour of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory.
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
Makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day.
This is the Beginning of a New Day.
I can waste it…or use it for good;
but what I do today is important,
because I am exchanging a day if my life for it.
When tomorrow comes,
this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something that I have traded for it.
I want it it be gain and not loss,
good and not evil, success and not failure,
in order that I don’t regret the price
I’ve paid for it.
I will give 100% of myself just for today
for you never fail until you stop trying.
I will be the kind of person
I have always wanted to be.
I have been given this day
to use as I will.
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.