Today 2    

Quotes for
the Journey:


Tomorrow's life is too late.
Live today.



Yesterday is experience.  Tomorrow is hope.  Today is getting from one to another as best we can.       -John M. Henry


Live for today.  Multitudes of people have failed to live for today. . . . What they have had within their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has intrigued them.        -William Allen White

You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life.  It is yours.  It is the most precious of possessions.  No one can take it from you.  It is unstealable.  And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
-Arnold Bennett

Those who allow their days to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures are like a blacksmith's bellows-- they breathe but they do not live.       -unattributed

Every morning when we wake up we’ve been given a wonderful gift—another day of life—so let’s make the most of it.  No one can do it for us. . . . Genuine happiness can only be realized once we commit to making it a personal priority in our lives.  This may be a new behavior for some of us and a bit intimidating.  Be gentle with yourself.  It will all unfold.  Like any new behavior, happiness can be learned.       -Sarah Ban Breathnach
The person is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of a life.       -Euripedes

If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.        -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Do, each day, all that can be done that day.  You don’t need to overwork, or to rush blindly into your work, trying to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible amount of time.  Don’t try to do tomorrow’s--or next week’s--work today.  It’s not so much the number of the things you do but the quality, the efficiency of each separate action that counts. . . . you need only to succeed in the small tasks of each day.  This makes a successful day.  With enough of these, you have a successful week, month, year – and lifetime.       -Earl Nightingale
We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
-Henry Ford
Take each good day and relish each moment.  Take each bad day and work to make it good.       -Lisa Dado

Build a little fence of trust
Around to-day;
Fill the space with loving work,
And therein stay;
Look not through the sheltering bars
Upon to-morrow;
God will help thee bear what comes
Of joy or sorrow.

Mary Francis Butts

We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.       -Sydney Smith

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.       -William Feather
All ages have said and repeated that one should strive to know one's self.  This is a strange demand which no one up to now has measured up to and, strictly considered, no one should. With all their study and effort, people are directed to what is outside, to the world about them, and they are kept busy coming to know this and to master it to the extent that their purposes require. . . . How can you come to know yourself?  Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to. And what is your duty? Whatever the day calls for.        -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities
and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of achievement,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness
And tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.

from the Sanskrit


Our todays make our tomorrows, and our present lives determine the bridge on which we must enter the next life.       -Minot J. Savage
Living life in terms of your vision and working toward your goals must be done in the context of today's activities.  Do not focus too heavily on the results of your efforts.  Do not live for the future attainment of your goal.  Live your life through the lens of your vision and what can be done in the present moment.  Living your vision is not about reaching your goals.  It is about living and working toward them.  It is not about producing results but about living your life in a more meaningful and personally rewarding way.        -Ari Kiev
You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life--so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself.        -Jane Seymour
Only you know what you need to do to live a happy life.  You are the expert and know the secret lies in loving, forgiving, believing, accepting, and creating.  You probably intend to do all of that, and are deciding now when you are going to start living your authentic life.  Stop deciding, just do it!
    Remember this:  Now is the only time you have.  When God created the universe, it was now.  You can't say to creation and energy, "I'll do it later, not now." Later doesn't exist.  Creation doesn't know anything but now.  Whenever you get around to doing what you want to do, it will be now.  The things you need to do to live a happier, more fulfilling life--the only time you can possibly start doing them is now.       -Bernie Siegel
Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.       -Andre Gide
It is cheap generosity which promises the future in compensation for the present.       -J.A. Spender
Today's egg is better than tomorrow's hen.       -Turkish proverb
You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.       -Harriet Martineau
It has been well said that no person ever sank under the burden of the day.  It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burdens of today that the weight is more than a person can bear.  Never load yourselves so, my friends.  If you find yourself so loaded, at least remember this:  it is your own doing, not God's.  He begs you to leave the future to Him, and mind the present.        -George MacDonald

Today 2     

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.       -William Allen White
Think not of what you did yesterday, but what you can do for yourself today.        -Jerry Pate
I feel very happy to see the sun come up every day.  I feel happy to be around. . . . I like to take this day--any day--and go to town with it.       -James Dickey
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.  To affect the quality of the day--that is the highest of arts.       -Henry David Thoreau
Do today's duty, fight today's temptation; do not weaken yourself by looking forward to things you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.       - Charles Kingsley
Just for Today
Sybil F. Partridge

Just for today I will be happy.  This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that "most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."  Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.  I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

Just for today I will take care of my body.  I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind.  I will learn something useful.  I will not be a mental loafer.  I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways; I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out.  I will do at least two things I don't want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.

Just for today I will be agreeable.  I will look as well as I can, dress as becoming as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once.  I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will have a program.  I will write down what I expect to do every hour.  I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.  It will eliminate two pests, hurrying and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax.  In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective in my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.

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A fresh attitude starts to happen when we look to see that yesterday was yesterday, and now it is gone; today is today and now it is new.  It is like that--every hour, every minute is changing.  If we stop observing change, then we stop seeing everything as new.     -Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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