Living Today with Tomorrow in Mind

Planning for tomorrow

Recently, I spoke to a group of young people on the above topic. The idea in this post is not limited to only young people, it applies to anyone who still desire or seek  a better life.


King Solomon said, “Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.”-Ecc 11:9

The above scripture means as a young person or individual, you have the right to make any choice you want to make. You have the right to live your life the way you want to live it, but you should never forget that with every choice you make and every action you take comes a consequence.

Who we are today is the result of how we lived our lives yesterday. You are consistently creating your future by the decisions you make and the actions you take every day.

Having known this simple truth, it is critical as young people to not only live for today, but to consider the effect our choices and actions of today will have on our future. This realization will keep you awake and assist you to live consciously. It will position you to lead your life and not to be led by life. It will help you to have a personal philosophy about what you should do and not do based on inner conviction. It will position you to act and live right irrespective of whether your father, mother, pastor or Imam is seeing you do the things you do. Every of your actions have a consequence, and there is a greater possibility that no one will share the consequence with you.

Do you want to be great in life? Do you want to make a mark on the sand of time? Do you want to live an exceptional life? Do you want the coming generation to know that you once passed through this planet?

Achieving that feat begins with your decisions and actions of today. Tomorrow or the future will come whether you like it or not, but who we shall be in the anticipated future will be determined by how we live our lives today.

Today will not be the end of life. There is a tomorrow for you, and how you live today will be the determinant of how your tomorrow will be.
If you live carelessly today, your tomorrow will not be enjoyable.

Few years ago, I knew at a time like this, I will be helping in shaping destinies. It is the preparation I made then that position me where I am today.

Think about the future you want today, and make a deliberate decision to discipline yourself to ensure that how you live today aligns with the future you want to create for yourself.

Jossy Jonacs,  in his book “what they won’t teach you in school” presented some critical questions every young persons living at this time should think about. They are:

“What is the actual market value of my life?”

“How much will I be worth in ten-twenty years from now?”

“Why am I doing the things I am doing and where are they leading me?”

My dear friends, things are changing rapidly, paradigms are shifting. To catch up with the trend, you must put your eyes off who you are today, and start thinking of who you want to be.


Over to you

Are you inspired by this post? I will be glad to get some more insights on living today with tomorrow in mind from you in the comment section. It won’t be a bad idea to share this with your friends. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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18 comments:

  1. I Loved your post, but always remember tomorrow is not promised! Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

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    1. Hi Chery,
      I am glad you love my post.
      You are very right about the uncertainty of having tomorrow. I believe we should live as though today will be the last, and then make plan as though we will live forever. If we fail to put tomorrow into consideration in our deeds of today, we may not enjoy tomorrow if we are fortunate to have it. Thanks for your wonderful contribution.

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  2. Beautifully said and what makes this post even more meaningful is Chery's comment about tomorrow not being promised. Herein lies the challenge we all face, how much of our efforts to focus on the future because the reality of life is our future may go no further than tomorrow. We hear the saying often that "The journey is more important than the destination" but I personally believe that to lose sight of the destination adversely affects our ability to make the best choices on our journey. It's a puzzle, but in the end I choose to live and make choices striving to be the best possible version of me - always a work in progress, but striving to end my life, whenever that may be, feeling that I truly made every effort to achieve my full potential. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Marquita,
      It is good to know you found my post meaningful. I agree 100% with your submission.Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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  3. Hi Taiwo,

    Your post is inspiring not only for the young but for older people as well. Some come to know this truth after many "mistakes" in their journey of life. I know some that will never take this into consideration because they haven't taken responsibility for their actions for decades. Unless they work on their personality disorders, things could change. I say this because I work with all kinds of people for their personal growth.

    If we can tell young people this message until it sticks into their mindset, we can have a great generation. Problem really is that they don't address this in school and may not get it from their home. This is why you need to keep speaking and writing. Your gifted words will touch someone and that my friend is a beautiful thing.

    Thank you for this article..I will share it.

    -Donna

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    1. Hi Donna,
      I am very grateful for your indept and thoughtful contribution to this post.Thanks.

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  4. I am inspired by this post. I do think it is really important to look at who we want to be and what we want to accomplish. It is only in this way that we can leave the legacy we desire.

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    1. Hi Dr.Elise,
      It is good to know you are inspired by this post.I can't agree less with the vital point you raised in your comment.
      Thanks for your contribution.

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  5. very very good post loved it so much your post is inspiring not only for the young but for older people as well.keep up the good work

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    1. Hi Aman,
      Just as you rightly said, this post is not for the young alone. It applies to anyone who is still aspiring to live a better life.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  6. Hi Taiwo,

    Wonderfully thoughtful post that's as true as is gravity.

    Like other commentators, I strive for a balance between living for today and laying the foundation for tomorrow. Sometimes it's a struggle, but foolhardy to ignore.

    Thanks,
    Edward

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    1. Hi Edward,
      I am glad you agree with the idea shared in this post.
      I admire your personal philosophy of living today with tomorrow in mind.
      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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  7. Hi Taiwo.

    You've said it all.
    if this kind of advice are being taught in school, Most mistakes young people made would have been avoided.

    but everyone is meant to learn from his mistakes and learn life lesson by oneself.

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    1. Hi Gbemileke,
      You very much on point. Schools don't teach one how to live life. Some of us do deliberate learning while majority learn from their own mistakes and those of others.
      Thanks.

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  8. Hi Taiwo ,
    I think if King Salomon said young people it has nothing to do with the numbers of age.
    I know young people who think like my grandma :) I think it means people who do not hang on the past and are ready to move with the time ,living in the now and creating the next steps in life. Many people dwell in the past experiences or worry what may happen in the future, not understanding that it is us who create the future,no matter what age . It is the mind who has to be young . Thanks for your awesome post.
    Erika

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    1. Hi Erika,
      Your comment gives better explanation to the point I was trying to drive in this post.
      Thanks for your thoughtful contribution.

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  9. Hmmmmm, Deep thought after reading this. Sometimes we live life because we never thought tomorrow exist, You have really made a valid point here and i also agree with Chery, truly tomorrow is not promised, but the best way to guide our heart is to live like it is our last day and consciously ask our self that what do we want to be remember for.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,
      I couldn't I agree more with you. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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