May 17, 2008.
"Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are few things more wasteful than carelessly throwing a day away. Yet day after day, that is precisely what way too many people do. They take the once-in-a-lifetime days they have been blessed with and then promptly proceed to fritter them away; time after time, day after day. And never give it a second thought.
As these folks continue their self-defeating routine over and over again, the years go flying by. Seasons come and go as one day blurs into another. Then one day they finally awaken and wonder where did it all go; what happened to all of the time?
"Today should always be our most wonderful day."
In a solemn, singular moment, they must come to grips with a stone cold sobering fact: the lives they could have and should have lived have now passed them right on by. A lifetime of missed chances... gone. A lifetime of golden opportunities... squandered. Every dream, hope and aspiration they once held for themselves now little more than distant memories.
And there is no worse feeling on earth.
Instead of basking in the glow of a life well lived, having made the most of every moment, they are left with a lifetime of unfulfilled dreams and broken promises. The only thing they have to show for all of the wasted years are regrets and sorrows about what might have been.
If I had only done this, if I had only done that; if, if, if, if, if.
"You control your life by controlling your time."
There are few things more precious than the twenty four hours we are each allotted daily. How we manage to use or abuse each day's allocation of time in large measure defines the lives we ultimately get to lead. If we use our time wisely, consistently squeezing the most from every moment, there is nothing we cannot eventually accomplish, nothing we cannot ultimately attain.
On the other hand, if we fail to seize our defining moments, choosing instead to let them needlessly slip away, we are going be left holding the bag; an empty bag at that.
It's our lives. It's our choice. It's all left up to us.
This is the day the Lord had made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
We need to rejoice in the wondrous splendor of each day presents. Not once in a while or whenever we get around to it, but every single day for the rest of our lives. Instead of taking even one day for granted, we need to squeeze each day for all it's worth... and then squeeze some more. And keep on squeezing until we squeeze every lost drop of fun, happiness and joy from the day at hand.
Then, as soon as a new day dawns, we need to start squeezing again.
When you start living each day with everything you've got from morning to night, you're going to be absolutely amazed at how much better your life can get. And at how fast you can make your dreams come true.
If there is one lesson to be garnered from this passage, it's to never take another day for granted; not even one. Commit to making the most of your life by making the most of today; right here, right now, right this very moment. Instead of throwing the day away, you need to grab it, embrace it and give it a good squeeze.
The Bottom Line: Take charge of your time and you'll take charge of your life.
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