What Are You Doing Today?

Today

“The courage to walk a thousand miles comes from taking the first step.”-
Anonymous

 In our world of matter, time exist in three dimensions, past, present and future. In a simpler form we can refer to these three dimensions as yesterday, today and tomorrow. For each of us, behind the point we are right now in our life journey was a past, and ahead of us is a future.


The inspiration for this post came when I began to consider how much emphasis we place on the past and the future, while taking the present with levity. I write this post with the intention of helping you to disengage your mind from the regrets of the past, excessive hope in the future and bring your mind to the present.

Uncle Joe, a man in my neighborhood started a business, and in the course of running the business, things went south and he lost all his money. He became sad, frustrated and became hopeless about his future. In a conversation we had together after the incident, I heard him lamenting, and regretted ever investing his money into the failed business venture. For months he was depressed, and became hopeless. However, after much counsel and encouragement, one day he resolves to forge ahead by taking advantage of the opportunities available to him at that time. He started another business which eventually gave him fortunes.

Like the case of Uncle Joe, there are times which you may found yourself in a disheartening condition. The trigger of this unpleasant feeling may be a failed business, relationship or expectation. It may be as a result of delay or year’s spent in making efforts that yielded no positive result. When it happens, you tend to look at the past with regret. First you would consider your lost and sometimes time wasted in pursuing the course. Worst is when you allow the past failure to becloud you from seeing the opportunities in your present and the ones that lie ahead of you. You would be tempted to quit trying.

I don’t know what you have been through, and how you currently feel about your life. If your vision has become deemed and your feet paralyzed due to one circumstance or the other, it is to you I write this post. The essential message I have for you is the fact that you shouldn’t allow how the past has been to steal away your future. Steve Maraboli said,
“Although times seem to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings, and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your today be stolen by the unchangeable past, and the indefinite future. Today is a new day.”  
 The past is unchangeable, all the “If onlys,” and “had I knowns” won’t make any difference in your life, the best you can get from them is the juice of experience you can suck from them. If I were you, I will suck them and move on.

On the other hand, you might feel very excited about the promising future, one thing you should know is that your future aspirations won’t come to pass by just aspiring; you must take action and create them, and today is the time you should start. The future is indefinite; you are the determinant of how it is going to be.

Related: Why There is No Such Thing As the Future.

The most important thing in your life is what you are doing today. You know why? It is because you can neither live in the past nor in the future. The only moment available to you is now. Yesterday was once the today you took for granted, and today is the future which you so much expect in the past.
If you waste today regretting the past or living in the euphoria of what the future holds, you will never have a tangible result when the future comes.
“All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seed of today.”-John Mason
Future aspirations and wishes won’t turn themselves to reality; it is the action you take today that will bring them to reality.  If tomorrow must deliver to us its dividends, we must work for it today. If you take maximum advantage of today, the effort you put in today will prepare you for the opportunities and obstacles of tomorrow.
“I will prepare and my opportunity will come.”- Abraham Lincoln
What will be will be. If we are still alive, seconds will keep running into minutes, minutes will keep running into hours, hours will keep running into days, days will keep come running into months, and months will keep running into years. This progress of time is what we cannot control, but what change we would experience in our lives as time passes is in our hands to determine. Just as William Henley said, “we are the master of our fate; we are the captain of our soul.” Time don’t change things on their own accord, it is the action will put in on daily basis that determines the changes we would experience.

What change do you want in your life? How are you going about it? Have you given up due to past failure? Are you just excited due to the hope of the future? None of these would help you create the change you want. The past is gone, it is better to leave it in the trash. The future is in the air, it is a promise. All you have in your reality is today. What will you do with it?

Og Mandino said, “Today I begin a new life. Today I shed my old skin which has suffered too long the bruises of failure and wounds of mediocrity.” Why not resolve today like Og Mandino to start a journey to creating the life you want. Today is the best time to implement that idea. If you wait a little longer, you may never implement it. Maria Edgeworth affirms this when she said,
“There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolution when they are fresh on him can have no hope from them afterwards, for they will be dissipated, lost and perished in the hurry and skurry of the world or sunk in slough of indolence.”

Final Thought

It is normal to feel disturbed about the mistakes and errors of the past. It is also in our habits to hype the potential that lies in the future. The truth remains that the past cannot be undone, no matter how much we allow it to affect our today, the future is indefinite. That you failed in the past  does not mean will you fail in the future, and it also doesn’t mean you will succeed. What will make a difference is your action of today.
Always have it in mind that today is the best time to begin to create the change you want in your life.

Over to You

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24 comments:

  1. Hmmmmmm, This is so great. We anticipate about the future that we forget to live in the present, A bird at hand is worth more than thousands in the bush. What we have is today, and we better full maximize it and enjoy what today holds for us. Anything can happen tomorrow, The past is gone, no changes can be made to it. I am super excited about this Taiwo. God bless you

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    1. Hi Naijatindey,
      I am really impressed by your contribution to this post.Thanks for your comment. 🙏

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  2. Love this!
    To me, I believe TODAY is the principal of every life's investment. Tomorrow is a thought, dream and an imagination, what will surely make tomorrow a reality is today's goal and deeds. We don't have tomorrow, but we have today,it's today's investment that will claim tomorrow for us.

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    1. Hi Pharsh,
      I couldn't agree more with your comment. It is a very thoughtful one. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. This Very Nice and attractive Article…
    Thankyou For Sharing This Information…
    And also give to me important knowledge.

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    1. Hi Music,
      It is good to know that you have gained some knowledge from this article. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. This is wonderful ! great article, Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. Hi vikash,
      I am glad to know that you found this post wonderful. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Hi Taiwo,

    Great and very thought provoking and extremely well written article my friend! I can relate to the story of your Uncle Joe very well indeed as my vision of the future was something that led me into a state of depression. I'm writing an article about this at the moment that I will publish in the next week.

    Since I haven't finished my article on depression I'm going to add this article as a link to further reading I've enjoyed it that much! Your best work yet I think Taiwo - such words need to be shared!

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    1. Hi Richard,
      I am very impressed about your positive remark on this post.
      I am happy you could relate with Uncle Joe's story. The truth is we all have areas in our lives that we feel sorrowful about, and one of the aim of this article is to help move beyond it.
      As for your upcoming article on depression, I count myself fortunate to have my post linked to for more reading. Thanks in advance.
      I appreciate your thoughtful contribution.

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  6. The issue is we anticipate about the future and blame out self about past mistakes.

    But none will make us happy, rather cause us to be anxious.
    we must learn to cultivate the habit of living in the present moment, because that's the only time that exist.
    thanks for this great post, is like a reminder to me.

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    1. Hi Gbemileke,
      I couldn't agree more with you. You comment summarizes the content of this post. I am glad you could relate with the message. Thanks.

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  8. Taiwo, insightful post that could change someone's life. Thank you for publishing it.

    Enjoyed your quotes and will never forget Og Mandino taking the time to talk with my 8 year old son about living a full, productive life - which my son did until we lost him when he was only 23.

    Don't know where I heard it, but always liked this adage about time: 'Today is the sum total of your future'.

    You're a warrior and I admire your work.
    Edward

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    1. Hi Edward,
      Thanks for your kind words, sorry for losing your son to the cold hand of death.
      I appreciate your valuable contribution to this post.

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  9. Important message. I also believe in the value of focusing on today, but with a little different perspective. I am an ACOA (adult child of alcoholic). Some of those in my "club" continue to live their lives in the misery of their childhood, while others of us consider ourselves to have been born the day we escaped it.

    My viewpoint is this: In one's childhood occasionally bad things happen, sometimes really bad things. But we are the only one damaged by carrying our history around on our backs like old worn out baggage. Life isn't good or bad, it is what we choose to make it. We didn't have control then, but we DO now and what we make of our lives as adults is up to us. The choice is ours to make - own your life, or live as a victim of whatever the winds of fate send your direction. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Marquita,
      I couldn't agree more with the perspective you shared.
      Thanks for your valuable comment.

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  10. Awesome Post Taiwo! I loved the story you shared on Uncle Joe! I was happy to see that he didnt give up and keot on trying until he found something that worked for him! Oh So True-->> What will make a difference is your action of today. Great Share! Thank You! Chery :))

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    1. Hi Chery,
      I am glad you like Uncle Joe's story, and I appreciate your comment.

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  11. Hi Taiwo,
    Very insightful post. We all have experienced our own Uncle Joe story in one way or another, every successful business person has learned from failure. I love this "The past is gone, it is better to leave it in the trash. The future is in the air, it is a promise. All you have in your reality is today. What will you do with it?" Great article!

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    1. Hi Kathryn,
      I am glad you found value in this post.
      I appreciate your comment. Thanks.

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  12. Beautiful post .. I love this - "Today I begin a new life ..." Everyday is a new life. Yesterday is gone, history. Today is in the making. Tomorrow has yet to be explored. Make today full to the hours sleep draws near ...

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    1. Hi Lesly,
      I am glad you love my post. Thanks for your insightful comment.

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