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A Tap on the Glass - Vol. 32 - Time is NOT on Our Side

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What each of us is doing this minute is the most important event in history for us.

We have decided to invest our resources in this opportunity rather than in any other.

It is helpful to remember this when we consider the passage of time.

As the years pass by faster and faster, I am acutely aware that the bird of time is on the wing and I’m not at the head of the V formation anymore.

Not long ago, I discovered the vicious social beast called Facebook…and through it “friends” who were a bunch of old people who claimed to be my former classmates. I didn’t recognize most of them…so I have to take their claim at “face” value.

I can imagine a class reunion at this point where we all have big name tags printed in capital letters, so we wouldn't have to squint with our reading glasses on trying to associate the name with each well-traveled face.

It was only yesterday that I was really enjoying high school. What had happened to the decades in between? Where had they flown?

To the side of the bandstand, where the sound of the late Sixties and Seventies blared our favorite Top 10 hits, I think there would be a poster with a printed verse for all of us to see. It would say:

'There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.

All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise, and poor performance.

Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.

Now, if I do the math right, this leaves only one day: Today.

I don’t recall where I read this statement. I’m almost sure it hails back to the Free Love Seventies and the Age of Aquarius or some such New Age muck….but I can see some truth to it.

Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It’s only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities -- Yesterday and Tomorrow -- that we break down.

It ‘s not Today’s experiences that drives us crazy (at least not long term), it’s all that remorse and bitterness for something which happened Yesterday as well as the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Here’s some good advice, I think: Live for Today.

Malcolm Forbes believed the important thing is never to say die until you're dead, and he lived that example to the hilt.

It is, as we realize when we suddenly look into the eyes of strangers we’ve known our whole lives, a short journey.

Make today your best day ever!