FOCUS ON THE PRESENT
Just as you should keep your focus off yesterday, you shouldn’t have it on tomorrow. If you’re always thinking about tomorrow, then you’ll never get anything done today. Your focus needs to remain in the one area where you have some control—today. What’s ironic is that if you focus on today, you get a better tomorrow.
I try to do certain things every day to help me in this area.
I read daily to grow in my personal life.
I listen to others daily to broaden my perspective.
I spend time thinking daily to apply what I am learning.
And I try to write daily so that I can remember what I’ve learned.
I also try to share those lessons with others.
(Today’s lessons become tomorrow’s books.)
Every day I read aloud to myself the daily dozen list from my book Today Matters to help me focus and have the right mind-set.
You should do something similar. You can’t change yesterday. You can’t count on tomorrow. But you can choose what you do today.
—Talent Is Never Enough
GIVE TODAY YOUR FOCUS AND REAP THE BENEFITS TOMORROW.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!
Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.
Frog in a Milk Pail
One day at a farm, a frog decided to investigate the cellar in the yard.
He hopped through the open door and down the staircase, curious to see what was inside. But as it was somewhat dark, he stumbled and he fell into a small milk pail which was filled with fresh milk.
He attempted to reach the top of the pail but the sides were too high. He stretched his feet to touch the bottom of the pail but found it too deep. He didn’t want to give up, so soon so he continued to swim in the milk and struggle. He kicked in the milk again and again and squirmed continuously. Half an hour later, all the churning had turned the milk into solid butter.
So the frog could now step on the butter, reach the sides of the pail and get out of it!
“NEVER GIVE UP!”