It was twenty years ago in Auckland, New Zealand that I first saw a phrase which has popped up in all sorts of places since, and I’m sure it’ll be familiar to a few Moodnudges readers.
That first time it was printed on a sticker fixed to the rear of a battered old car:
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift, and that’s why it’s called the present.
OK, it was probably never going to win any copywriting awards, but it’s always seemed to me an admirable sentiment.
There’s nothing you can do about the things that have already happened, and you only have a degree of influence over what’s going to come to pass in the future. (Life can have a habit of throwing you curve balls.)
But there’s a great deal of value in focusing on the here and now, the part of life over which you do have control.
So why not find a short part of today (or even a long one) during which you’ll (a) stop ruminating about the past, (b) stop worrying about the future, and (c) live a little in the here and now?
Even though some may disagree, I believe we’re here on earth just the once.
Make the most of today.