If Tomorrow Got Cancelled, What Would You Go Do Today?
Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ”tomorrow” on the calendars of fools.” ~ Og Mandino, American essayist and Psychologist
We’ve all felt the frustration and bitter disappointment of putting off until tomorrow something we really wanted to do today.
Perhaps, it’s a life-changing decision you planned to make. Or, a much longed-for dream you were about to turn into a reality.
Maybe, it’s just a small step forward you were going to take – but an important one in the right direction to achieve that special goal. A little thing to others, but a big deal to you.
But, as another day comes and goes, you’re still as far away from taking that action as ever.
An opportunity is missed. Yet, it needn’t be like this.
You woke up this morning with great intentions.
You promised yourself that the moment had finally come.
But, something got in the way again.
Why Didn’t You Do It?
The excuses sound reasonable – even believable – because you’ve convinced yourself that they’re true:
- I’m not ready
- I’m too busy
- I’m not strong enough
- I’ll never succeed
- It’s too hard
- No one else believes in me
But, these reasons apply at any time – whether it’s today, tomorrow, or next week. Deep down you already know this… because you used these excuses only yesterday, and a hundred times before.
What excuses are you using not to do it?
What if Tomorrow Was Cancelled?
For some folk, unfortunately, tomorrow never comes. The plan is unfulfilled; the relationship goes unmended; the idea is never realised, those words remain unspoken.
I meant to tell my dad that I loved him, but kept putting off saying the words. He knew it, I told myself, and – anyway – grown men don’t say that kind of stuff to each other, do they?
Eventually, I did let him know how much I loved him… as he lay in a coma, just before he died.
At least I did it. Better late than never, though not early enough.
The routine of our everyday lives means we believe that there will always be another opportunity to do it tomorrow, a second chance to try it again.
That’s the ever-onward flow of our lives. We get complacent in the safe knowledge that we can try again sometime in the future.
But, we get tempted to always keep putting it off and so that moment when we finally act never arrives.
It happens to everyone, so stop beating yourself up. Don’t let your disappointment at not doing it today trick you into believing you can’t – or won’t ever – do it.
It’s not impossible… and you can.
If not now, then when?
So go do it.
What do you really want to do today, but always end up putting off? What’s holding you back?
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