I have been reading, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie. I know.. it’s another self-help book. It can’t be helped. (no pun intended)
It’s not been “all good”. There was a chapter or two that had me thinking, “Wow… I can’t do this suggestion at ALL. How depressing!” But it didn’t last long.
I got to the chapter regarding “Living in Day-Tight Compartments”. It’s about shutting off your worries about yesterday and not living in tomorrow. It doesn’t mean “don’t look forward to tomorrow”, but it also doesn’t mean, “Always live for the possibility that tomorrow will be a bed of roses compared to today.”
Initially, my thought was, “But I have a lot to look forward to in the future.” Maybe I do. But I’m not just going to hop over to tomorrow without any effort. I’m not going to land in tomorrow without cultivating relationships and living in “the now”. I can’t ignore today and pretend it’s tomorrow. If I do, tomorrow may be a big disappointment. I need to give today more attention. 😉
So today, after my long day at work, I turned up the radio, and indulged in tomorrow for awhile, but also thought about today, and the good things that are in today. There are people who love me, who I love back. I felt productive today. I came home to less mold in my closet (literally). My dogs are here, my daughter is to arrive shortly, and we’re going shopping for school clothes. And I got out of the laundry once again because tomorrow is jean day at work.
Could I have asked for more today? Sure, but why? Save some good stuff for tomorrow, too. 🙂