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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

We’ve all heard various ideas about managing our lives. When you break it all down, things can get lumped into these three categories. And we’ve all heard the saying: “Live for today.” But what about yesterday and tomorrow? Life isn’t a series of isolated moments. It’s a beautiful tapestry woven from the threads of our past, present, and future.

Learning from Yesterday

Dwelling on past mistakes can be a drag. Yet, completely ignoring them sets us up for repeating them. The key is to find a balance. Use yesterday as a teacher. Analyze what went well and what didn’t. Did you miss a deadline? Maybe you need to improve your time management. Did you have a fight with a friend? Reflect on how to communicate better next time.

Yesterday is long gone. There are only three things we can do about yesterday.

  • First, learn the lessons whether good or bad. Take an HONEST assessment of what happened and try to understand why. But do not let this become a new vocation.
  • Next, let it go. There is nothing you can do about yesterday’s outcome.
  • Build a marker for the ways you saw God active in the events of yesterday. These markers can be physical or mental, but keep track of what God seems to have done.

Embracing Today

Today is the only day we truly have control over. It’s where we put the lessons of yesterday into practice and take steps towards shaping our tomorrow. Seize the opportunities that present themselves. Spend time with loved ones. Pursue your passions. Don’t let the present moment slip away while you’re lost in thought about the past or future.

Today is the only real time you can do something about. Live today as if it were your last. I don’t mean live frivolously. I mean make a difference today. Do the things that enrich your family, friends, and neighbors. Today is not about YOU. Today is a gift from God. Accept this precious gift and live to the full!

Planning for Tomorrow

While we can’t control tomorrow, we can certainly influence it. Having goals and aspirations gives our present purpose. Set intentions for tomorrow, whether it’s completing a project, starting a new habit, or simply being kind to someone.

Tomorrow will come. Let it come on its own. There is nothing you can do to change the actual events of the day tomorrow. Oh, you might plan and strive, but ultimately, things will turn out all on their own tomorrow.

The Magic of the Balance

The key to living a fulfilling life lies in finding a harmonious balance between these three parts of time. Here’s how:

  • Practice Gratitude: Reflect on the positive aspects of your past and present.
  • Embrace Mindfulness: Be present in the moment. Savor your experiences, both big and small.
  • Set Intentions: Plan for tomorrow without getting consumed by anxieties.

By integrating these practices, we can move through life with a sense of purpose, appreciation, and excitement for what lies ahead. Remember, yesterday made you who you are, today is shaping your tomorrow, and tomorrow holds the potential for incredible things. So, breathe deep, take hold of the present moment, and enjoy the beautiful journey of life, one day at a time.

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