Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Best Day Is Today

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I remember when I first heard, "Live each day as if it were your last." I was a rebellious teenager, and my response was something to the effect of, 'Okay, so live hard, party, smoke, and eat whatever I want then?' Of course, that isn't at all what it means. Essentially, it means that all we have is this moment. 

No one needed to tell me to live like this. I live each day with the knowledge that death can come at any moment, and that anything can happen to any single one of us. People sometimes see this as being morbid, and perhaps it is to some degree. It's true, though, and it helps me to live each day as fully as possible.

This means that I tell everyone that I love how much I love them, often, and with passion. I don't like to leave in the middle of any fight; it leaves me regretful. I do everything that I can to share joy and be joyful with loved ones, and I rarely spend time with people that I don't absolutely enjoy being with. I never sacrifice my time with family and close friends for something or someone that is not very important to me. 

There are days that are tough - rainy, depressing days that don't urge on any degree of positivity. It's those days that are most challenging to embrace. Focusing on what's important and the good that exists, is where I find salvation. Being thankful for life, for living, and for the people that I love.

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