When I was in college and found myself sitting in the library, worrying about finals and feeling as gloomy as the grey Michigan skies, it dawned on me that “Today is the tomorrow I had dreamt about yesterday.” I was living the experience that I had wished for and planned for throughout most of my teens. All of a sudden I felt flush as the waves of conflicting emotions washed over me. How could I have spent so much of my life waiting to be in college and now was finding myself dreaming about the next phase – what it would be like to be working – wanting to be married and a mother? I realized that I was wishing my life away.
It was at that moment that I understood that each present moment was the realization of one of my past dreams, materialized from a series of past choices. To not revel in the moment, meant wasting what I had created. Like buying the ingredients for a fabulous chocolate cake, baking it and then once it was out of the oven, focusing on the next meal or dessert, without even taking pleasure in what I had before me.
Ever since that moment, I have tried to spend each day with the realization that we plan for tomorrow, learn from yesterday, but as many others have said LIVE TODAY.