I admit it. I wouldn’t consider myself a “morning person”- I don’t get excited to hear the alarm clock ring and I’m not very motivated to leave the warmth and comfort of my bed.
But there is something almost magical about a new day. It’s a second chance. A fresh start. It is full of possibility and opportunities.
A new day brings opportunities to grow, to connect, to forgive others, to forgive yourself, to start a new project, to finish an old project, to reconnect to estranged friends and family, to make new friends, to learn new things, to feel peace and happiness, and to feel grateful to live another day- regardless of the weather.
During difficult days, I catch myself thinking, “Just make it through today. Tomorrow is a new day. Things will be better.”
Maybe you can relate? Have you ever had one of those days that something happens and you just write off the rest of your day? Have you ever had a day that you get angry or sad or lonely and believe that the coming of tomorrow will make it better? Have you ever injured a relationship and believed that the coming of tomorrow will make it better? Have you ever pulled yourself through the remainder of your day, relying on the night’s sleep to press “reset” on your systems in the hopes of getting that refreshed, rejuvenated, or recharged feeling?
Now, there’s no denying that sleep certainly helps you feel better! But you only get a fixed number of days on this earth and you don’t know how many days you get. So relying on “the new day” to make things better is risky.
What if today is your last day? What if this is your last day and you’ve chosen to “just make it through”? What if you chose to write today off as a loss, even though it is only 9:00am? What if you don’t get a tomorrow?
If today was your last day, and you knew it, you wouldn’t write it off. You wouldn’t take it for granted. You wouldn’t assume that your relationships would repair themselves. You wouldn’t waste it feeling angry or sad or lonely. You wouldn’t complain that it was raining, or snowing, or too hot, or too cold. If it was your last day, you would even be grateful to feel the rain on your skin, to see the magnificent beauty of the snowflakes, to feel the intensity of the sun’s heat, and to experience the breathtaking-effect of the cold.
If you knew this was it, you would appreciate it all. If you knew this was it, you wouldn’t waste it.
Every day has 24 hours. Every hour has 60 minutes. Every minute has 60 seconds. And every second has moments. In every moment, in every second, in every minute, in every hour there is something almost magical. It’s a second chance. A fresh start. It is full of possibility and opportunities.
Each moment is new.
Don’t wait until tomorrow to grow, to connect, to forgive, to start or finish a project, to repair relationships, to learn, to feel peace, happiness, and gratitude. Don’t waste today. Don’t wait.
Thankfully, you have many more moments in your life than you do days, but just like your days, they are limited…don’t waste them either.
Don’t seize the day, seize the moment.
Here’s to conquering stress.
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