A dear friend of mine recently sent me the book Reach for the Stars. It is one of those volumes of compiled wisdom quotes attributed to sages, authors, politicians, and modern-day celebrities. Brief statements with powerful insights.
One quote in particular grabbed my attention—and it kept pulling me back to the page each day I opened the book. It came in the form of a question,
When will you realize that “today” IS the “tomorrow” you hoped for “yesterday”? (Ken Keyes, Jr.)
I have previously written on this blog of the importance of An Attitude of Gratitude (August 16, 2010). I stated then, “I can be a bit of a whiner at times—don’t like to admit; but it is true. And the reality is I have NOTHING to whine about. At times, it is easy to dwell on the misfortunes of life…and that kind of thinking is deadly.” When I read the “today-tomorrow-yesterday” quote above, I thought again about the importance of gratitude. But more specifically, I thought about how we do create our future. Our actions move us towards our dreams; they create our reality. Likewise, our inaction creates its own reality.
There was one word, however, in the quote that did not resonate with me—hoped. For me, that sounded passive; too much like “let’s see what will happen.” With a slight rewrite I came up with,
Today is the tomorrow I created yesterday.
The word “created” emphasizes the need to take action to make my tomorrow be what I envision. It necessarily includes responsibility and accountability for what I desire for my future. I have to admit, though, a lot of my creations have not panned out like I had planned. Guess that is the difference between “hope” and “creation.” The results come about because of work I have done (or not done), positions I have placed myself in (or not), and relationships I have nurtured (or ignored).
As you embark on your new week, consider what actions you will take to make your goals reality. What do you want your future to look like? Make today’s actions move you closer to your dreams of tomorrow.
© Steve Piscitelli and Steve Piscitelli’s Blog, 2010.