‘’How will you make this day matter?’’ for some reason I can’t get this question out of my head. I have made an entire website based on starting to write my own life story exactly the way I want to tell it when I am of old age. That is a larger plan though, which is executed day by day. However I am not immune to day to day turbulence and neither are you or anyone for that matter. So even though most of us have got the bigger picture kind of figured out, what about the day to day? Do they matter? If yes, How?
Two Ways We’re Making Days Matter
I can’t help but wonder about the two possibilities that exist. On the one hand we have the ‘’In X years we’ll look back and see how much we’ve done and be grateful for it’’, on the other hand we have the ‘’I can’t believe how many days have passed’’. Both have one thing in common; the realisation comes later. To further discuss these wonders, I heard a quote a few weeks ago that said the following:
‘’The hours pass slowly but the days pass by fast’’Source: unknown.
Have you ever felt this way? For example around another first of the month? For me that is when that question will pop up the most. Or when people ask me what I did on day ‘’X’’. I usually remember but it just doesn’t seem all that significant or ‘’worthy’’ of remembering. Don’t get me wrong we need to do the boring stuff for various obvious reasons. I just wonder whether there could be a balance point during the day? Kind of like the people on Grand Place seeming like they were experiencing their happy moment of the day.
I guess the point I am trying to make is how do we not get lost in working hard for the things we want and thus forgetting the now. Basically letting the moment pass by because we are so focused on creating the one we want. You can imagine how much of a shame I think that is. Honestly, it’s one of the most devastating mistakes to make when planning for your future. I get that for our future selves all that we are doing now matters a lot which is good motivation to definitely keep doing it, however as I said earlier, what about today? What about the I, I am today? It’s still all about the bigger picture. Have you thought about the smaller picture called ‘’today’’?
The question to me is particularly important because the realization of the two wonders mentioned earlier comes later. Later, meaning the days have already passed. Wouldn’t you hate to wake up X days/months/years from today and realize the days didn’t truly matter even when you were working on your dreams & goals; simply because you were so focused on the future? More dauntingly a future that only comes one day at a time, with that day always being called ”today”..
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