Live Your Life Today, Be Happy Now
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.
Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say.
Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
~ Michael Landon
We have all heard the saying, “Life is too short not to enjoy it today.” I recall a memorial service I conducted for a young man who died suddenly–and it really brought these words home for me. A number of people stood and shared a story or memory of their dear departed friend. Others sadly bemoaned the fact that their friend didn’t live long enough to realize his lifelong goal of surfing the Great Barrier Reefs in Australia.
When my last day on earth comes, I don’t want to have to look back and say, if I had only known, I would have spent fewer hours at the office, taken that trip to Thailand, learned to sky dive, written that next book, learned to speak French, adopted that dog, or run that marathon. The takeaway for me is blatantly obvious. Michael Landon’s aforementioned quote is spot on, with one exception; there are not “only so many tomorrows” because there is no such thing as tomorrow, period; it’s a figment of our imagination. You can sit and wait till the cows come home for “tomorrow” but when it gets here it will still be today, then what; business as usual? So, the quintessential question is, what have you been putting off doing until tomorrow…and why are you waiting any longer?