Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow
Let me see if I’ve got this right:
I continuously have difficult things in my life. What gets me through the hard stuff today is a hope of a better tomorrow. But today is yesterday’s hope of a better tomorrow, so what went wrong? Eventually, you would think this pattern would take care of itself! An intelligent mind would deduce that if one did this for a protracted period, eventually you would have a better tomorrow today. And we would if we didn’t quit doing the right things, right now. The presence of difficult things in my life is evidence that I am not currently doing the right things. I get an “A” in intentions and an “F” in execution. In short, I can talk a great plan often, but frequently present poorly. Once again, this is all my fault.
One of the steps in our program of recovery is to “continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admit it.” We would do well to do a daily review of our behavior and attitude. Life can only be lived in real time.
The spiritual human existence can be a very overwhelming experience at times. We all get presented with seemingly impossible circumstances. We are all challenged and we are all disappointed. We are all in the same boat on this one. Any legitimate hope for a better tomorrow is directly predicated on our actions today. What we do today, right now, is more important than anything that we may do in the future.
I have a good friend in our program of recovery who says that the steak he ate last week doesn’t do him any good this week. And he is right. It is not what we have done before that defines us; it is what we do today that does. A daily review of our proclivities and activities is one of the wisest of all practices.
So today, let’s look at how we’re doing. Let’s be honest and forthright in this effort. Seek assistance with this journey. If we are doing something wrong that is causing further problems in our lives, let us see it for what it is. We must be hard, but fair, on ourselves. When we learn from our mistakes, we have a much more pleasurable journey. There is only one day that change is possible, the day we are in. Let us never forget that.
James A. Francetich is a freelance writer and author. The opinions expressed are solely of the author and do not represent any community based recovery programs, private or public entities or any governmental agencies.