Three Gifts of Life
by Joe Bonura, CSP
Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow
Yesterday is gone, and you cannot change it. You can learn from
it, for lessons learned from yesterday are the foundation of tomorrow.
You had a success build on it. You had a failure embrace
the lesson learned.
The Past Is Passed
Dwelling on yesterday is like Botox to your psyche: it may clear
up the wrinkles, but it gives the mind a distorted look. You become
immobile in your response to todays opportunities.
Still A Champion
When Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, lost the
wild card playoff, he said, We are still champions
now it is time to focus on next year. There is no time in
the National Football League to hold a pity party on last week or
last years losses. Similarly, you should focus on your status
now, and then consider your goal for the future.
Eyes On The Road
Yesterday is behind you, and the road to success lies ahead. It
is very difficult to stay on the road with your eyes focused on
the rearview mirror. Keep your eyes on the road before you. Rather
than where you have been, it is more important to know where you
Today may be all that you have left; you never know when it will
be time to punch out. Today is the oven in which you forge the steel
that will build tomorrow. Today is one building block that will
build the cornerstone of tomorrow because each action that you take
today will make tomorrow count.
Lifes Bank Account
Don Waddell, an ex-fighter pilot and vibrant member of Southeast
Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, almost lost his life after
neck surgery. Don said that the ordeal reminded him that we have
86,400 seconds each day in lifes bank account. How we use
those seconds will shape our tomorrows and how we will spend eternity.
Give Me Today -- Poem
(an original poem by Joe Bonura)
Give me today,
It is all that I need
To make great plans
And to plant new seed,
To think about a bright new day,
To chart my course in a brand new way,
To travel roads I have not been,
To find new worlds around the bend.
This day will open up for me
A chance to be why God made me.
I will not slouch, I will not wait,
I will make today something great.
In the movie, Dead Poets Society we heard the words,
Carpe Diem (seize the day). You need to change that
to Carpe Momento (seize the moment). The next moment
is all that you have, so use it wisely to prepare for tomorrow.
Sometimes, I wake in the middle of the night and cannot get back
to sleep, so rather than spend the night tossing and turning, I
get up and get some work done.
Tomorrow is the sum total of what you learned from yesterday and
what you plan today. Tomorrow is the result of todays choices.
You can choose to make it a success, or you can choose to make it
neutral, or you can choose to make it a failure. It is your choice,
so choose wisely.
The fruition of what happens tomorrow is the result of what you
decided yesterday, either consciously or subconsciously. Visualize
what you want to happen tomorrow, and write it down with an action
plan for making what you visualize happen. When your eyes pop open
tomorrow morning, take action. No matter how bad yesterday and the
day before were, each day gives you a new opportunity to start over.
It Is All You Have
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow it is all you have. Your
days are the bricks that build your life, so make the best of those
three gifts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
© 2011 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.