I am a collector of words. I love poetry, quotes, and inspirational messages; and when I find words that seem to really “speak to me” I keep them. I found this many years ago but just came across it this past week as I was looking through my INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK. I soooo need to read this every single day! I would love to give credit to the author; but when I found this, it was listed as author unknown. Whoever he or she was that wrote this is/was a very wise person.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry…two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is YESTERDAY, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW. Tomorrow is beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, whether in splendor or behind a mask of clouds. But it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow.
This leaves only one day….TODAY.
Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities…YESTERDAY and TOMORROW…that we break down.
Let us, therefore, live ONE DAY AT A TIME.
There is a lot of wisdom in this, although for some of us “worriers” of the world it can be very difficult to latch onto. I would like to add to this wise person’s thoughts that I do believe we should not forget about YESTERDAY or TOMORROW. I’m not one that necessarily thinks we should “just live for today.” I think the YESTERDAYs can teach us many lessons. I think the YESTERDAYs can gift us with many beautiful memories. I think the seeds that we planted YESTERDAY (if they are the right seeds) can grow into wonderful things. So YESTERDAY should not be forgotten. I do, however, think we shouldn’t dwell so much on the YESTERDAYs of our lives that we forget to enjoy the present.
I also think we don’t need to put TOMORROW aside until tomorrow! I believe we should plan for our futures and the futures of our children and grandchildren as best we can. I believe we should make plans for the TOMORROWs in our lives so that we can have some things to look forward to. I believe that we should look ahead to all the TOMORROWs we may be given with the thoughts of making each one better than today. BUT…I am trying very hard not to worry so much about TOMORROW that I forget to see all the blessings of TODAY.
Our past, our present, and our future are all interwoven in one way or another; each one shapes the other to some degree. So in my opinion, YESTERDAY, TODAY, and TOMORROW are all very special and important days. They are each a gift given to us by God and we should make the most of each and every one.
I think Albert Einstein got it right:
Learn from YESTERDAY, live for TODAY, hope for TOMORROW.
I hope all your Yesterdays Todays, and Tomorrows are filled with love, happiness, & many blessings.