Maybe how we spend our time is driven by the words we live by: “Live for today,” “Tomorrow is another day” or “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.”
Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.
Not to dare argue with Einstein, but in modern age, here’s where we go astray with the live-for-today mindset:
- Eat that super-sized, fat-laden food.
- Why save for retirement when that may never come?
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
But assuming there will always be a tomorrow also has a downside:
- I’ll see that person / place / event another day; it will still be there.
- I’ll write tomorrow.
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
At our own peril, we put things off until tomorrow:
- Charge it, and figure it out later.
- The house cleaning can wait…and wait…and wait.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
We yearn for yesterday:
- Before video games, we played in the street.
- I just want a phone for calls.
- There hasn’t been any good music since the 70s.
- Life used to be simpler.
You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re thinking about yesterday.
We cannot move from the past.
An emotionally locked person refuses to let go of their sad memories and live in the now.
…Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
As for me, I’m constantly planning for tomorrow. It gives today purpose. That project is due next week, but I’ll start it today so it’s not hanging over my head like a cloud of doom. To make my Thanksgiving as smooth as possible, I better start shopping / cooking / freezing today.
If I didn’t believe in tomorrow, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself today. Every day is a new checklist with tasks I need to strike off so I have tomorrow free. Free for what? For the next checklist. I am uncomfortable living for today because I can’t shake the fact that today becomes yesterday ever so quickly, leaving me with tomorrow to bear the consequences. If I don’t do today justice, then tomorrow will make me pay dearly.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
…John F. Kennedy
For the most part, that attitude has served me well, except when it comes to creativity. It’s always business first; my creative outlets come last, and then the tension builds.
You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that? Last-minute panic.
Here’s the conundrum: Life commands our time, and time commands our life. How do you view time?