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This Day

Look to this day--
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power ...

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of
And every tomorrow a vision of
Look well, therefore, to this day.

Sanskrit Proverb


Ultimately, what you accomplish in your life
is a result of what you accomplish
in a normal day.

Jimmy Calano & Jeff Salzman, founders of Career Track


Yesterday is History
Tomorrow is a Mystery
Today is a Gift
That's why its called
the Present!

CARPE DIEM (Seize the Day)

"Are you in earnest? Seek this very minute, whatever you can do, or dream you can; begin it! Boldness had genius, power and magic in it. Only engage and the mind grows heated; begin and then the task will be completed." (from Goethe’s essay "The Power of Commitment")

(The point is … as important and necessary as thinking, goal setting, and planning are, unless they are followed up with ACTION in a timely manner, nothing will be accomplished! Breaking long range goals down into "bite-size" mini-goals that can be accomplished TODAY/ NOW will motivate/ inspire action. Determine what you can/ need to do today/ now … then DO IT/ BEGIN/ TAKE ACTION! Make it a HABIT of taking action in the beginning of each day, and you will be "on a roll" … it takes more effort to begin than it does to keep going, once started! … so … "Let’s roll!" [Todd Beamer, 9/11/01])

"People who are able to do great, large works do not say tedious things like, 'Let us do it if there is time.' If something is thought of, it is disposed of at once." (source: Ability Development from Age Zero, by Shinichi Suzuki)

What Have I Done Today?

I shall do so much in the years to come,
But what have I done today?
I shall give my gold in a princely sum,
But what did I give today?
I shall built a mansion in the sky,
But what have I built today?
It’s sweet in idle dreams to bask,
But if not I, who shall do the task?
Yes, this is the question each soul must ask:
What have I done today?
-- by Anonymous

(quoted in the book You, Inc. … by Burke Hedges)

"It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference." (--Bear Bryant)


(from The Message of the Divine Illiad by Walter Russell)

“… My soul quickeneth with the beauty of the dawn. Today is, and will be. Yesterday was, and has been. My yesterday is what I made it. I see it in memory, perfect or imperfect. My today is what I will to make it. I will to make it perfect. I am man. I have free right to choose. I may do as I will to do. I have the power to build the day or to rend the day. The day will be of my making, either perfect or imperfect, good or bad as I choose to live it in spirit or in flesh, on the mountain top or earthbound. The day is of my choosing. None shall stay my hand in the making of the day. … If I build the day I will have lived the day to the glory of the One in the fulfillment of that part of His purpose which is mine to fulfill. So that I may meet the day with knowledge to build the day, I will look into my Soul while it is yet dawn, before the morning breaketh. … The power of the dynamic universe is behind my thinking. I have the power of self-vitalization and re-vitalization of my body to multiply its productivity, in fulfillment of that which is commanded of me. I have power to revitalize others whom I have made to believe. To him who believes I will give power to do that which is his to do for the glory of man and the glory of the One. … I have no limitations. Unlimited power is mine … I will do today that which is of today and pay no heed to the tomorrow, nor waste regrets on that which was yesterday. My day shall be filled to overflowing, yet shall I not haste the day; nor shall I waste the day. Those things which I must do I shall desire to do. A menial task which must be mine, that shall I glorify—and make an art of it. Defeat I shall not know. It shall not touch me. I will meet it with true thinking. Resisting it will be my strengthening. But if, perchance, the day shall give me the bitter cup, it shall sweeten in the drinking. Courtesy will be in my heart to give to all. My joy will be in serving. My power will be in thinking true. My power will be in knowing. My power will be in humility. The taint of arrogance will I not know. … Force will I meet with gentleness; impatience with patience. Truth will guide my footsteps through tortuous paths and lead me to the glory of the day’s golden evening. I will see beauty and goodness in all things. From all that is unlovely will my vision be immune. God dwelleth in me. All that God hath to give He giveth me. He withholdeth nothing. Blessed be the new day which descendeth upon me. I greet thee, O day. I cross Thy threshold with joy and thanksgiving. … I will sing the day through with a glad song, that the problems of the day shall be as chaff before the wind and that others may harken to my song and be quickened. My countenance shall reflect the Spirit within me, that all may see. Descend upon my O blessed day of opportunity. Thou shall not find me wanting…”

What this all "boils down to" is to Make the Most of Today!

Indeed, this can be The Day That Turns Your Life Around!


Today’s the Best Day to –

Touch a heart * Be a friend
Make a difference * Lift a spirit
Reach for a goal * Take a chance
Discover a dream * Offer a hug
Find a way * Face a fear
Right a wrong * Do a favor
Explore a possibility
Dry a tear * Start a trend
Sing a song * Keep a promise
Lighten a burden
Chance a change
Believe in yourself

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