One of the most tragic things about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We dream of a better day, or I’ll be happy when I get a better job, or the kids are grown, or I pay off my house. It’s always in the future and it never comes. Or as Stephen Leacock says “the child says, ‘when I’m a big boy,” but what is that? The big boy says,’ when I grow up and then, grown-up he says, ‘when I get married but to be married, what is that after all? The thought changes to when I’m able to retire!
And then, when retirement comes, he looks back over the landscape traversed: a cold wind seems to sweep over it; somehow he has missed it all, and it is gone. Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.”
I love the words of Dante “That this day will never dawn again.” Life is slipping away with incredible speed. We are racing through space at the rate of nineteen miles per second. Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession. Is it any wonder that the Bible says “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
So whatever you’re going to do, do it now. Tomorrow never comes. There’s a bar in Ireland that has a sign outside that says. “Free drinks served tomorrow.” They’ve never given out a free drink. Live today, love today, give today your best!