If tomorrow never comes…how will you live today?

Even though the whole “Mayan Calendar thing” is over, the talk that it generated offered us a gift, if we’re willing to reflect.

That give is reflecting on the concept of “If tomorrow never comes…” to you.

That can be a wonderful attention  and intention focuser.

It reminds me of the wry observation of Dr. Samuel Johnson, the 18th century essayist:

 “…when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

Whether it’s the current conversation about the Mayan Calendar or recent tragedies, like I wrote in an earlier post

http://whateverlifebrings.com/the-newton-tragedy-mindfulness-and-gratitude/

we can use these as stimuli to live a more intentional, thoughtful, mindful life.

As I reflected on this, it reminded me of Garth Brook’s song “If Tomorrow Never Comes” which I used to use years ago as a reminder to do the hard work required to work through challenging relationship issues. I would think “If tomorrow never comes and this was our last interaction…would I feel at peace with how I acted and how we left this conversation?”

That question would spur me on to go beyond the automatic wounded response that got triggered and strive to get to a more loving, compassionate state. If you’re currently in a hard place with someone you care about, I recommend listening to the words of the song…

 

So, back to today…

…as I reflected on the idea of knowing that today was your last day on earth.  I found myself thinking “If today were my last day, how would I want to spend it?”

Even if you don’t have lots of flexibility over how you spend your time at work, you still have control over how you focus your attention, how you “show up” in your interactions with others,  and how you choose to respond.

You have control over whether you show kindness or hold onto grudges and resentments.

You have control over you whether you let people you care about know how much they mean to you.

You have control over whether you look for opportunities to bring a little extra thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity to others.

So…how about if we both remember to be more intentional with how we spend today, and each day after?

 

 

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BTW…if you’re interested in what to me seems like a reasoned discussion—neither apocalyptic nor dismissiveness based on ignorance—check out former NASA scientist Gregg Braden’s brief overview of what the calendar reflects and doesn’t reflect

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  1. Judy Ringer says:

    Death as an ally. Do you remember this from the Carlos Castaneda books in the 70’s? It has always resonated with me. Thank you for reminding me to make today the best day I can. — Good ki and Merry Christmas.

    –Judy

  2. DavidLee says:

    Hey Judy…good to hear from you! Yeah…loved Carlos. I read some of his books while hitchhiking cross-country. One of the other things he wrote about that stuck with–especially given a really mysterious incident I experienced on the trip–was how “civilized” man always has to “explain” the unexplainable–and then believe his explanation–rather than simply experience it for what it is: a mystery.

    Folks…check out Judy’s work. Her book Unlikely Teachers is wonderful.

    http://www.judyringer.com/

  3. Judy Ringer says:

    Thank you, David. The mystery. :-)

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