“i dare you to move like today never happened, today never happened before.” – “dare you to move” by switchfoot
today is unlike any that have come before it. sure, it’s monday, but it’s not like any of the ones you’ve had in the past. this is a new day, one that has never happened before and will never happen again.
but how many of us will really take advantage of this fact?
nothing beyond this is guaranteed.
the only guarantee we have in life is right now. this moment. and far too many of us – myself most assuredly included – tend to take our moments for granted. rather than make better and full use of the time we have pursuing those things that truly matter to us, we waste it on unfulfilling and unproductive activities like meetings or busy work.
i know some unpleasant things are unavoidable. also, some worthwhile and meaningful pursuits require from time to time rather mundane activities.
but more often than not, don’t we all tend to take our time – our most finite resource – for granted?
i certainly do. i waste a lot of time. sometimes intentionally, sometimes inadvertently. but i do waste a lot of time that could be better utilized on those pursuits in which i find meaning.
when we waste time or spend it on mundane or meaningless pursuits, we take for granted that we will have more time later to do those things that give us meaning. i use “more” not in the sense of having additional available time at some point, but in the sense that i will have another set of hours down the road.
the difference is key. the former is a pipe dream. we’ll never be able to acquire additional time or have more than 24 hours each day. unless we move to another planet, of course. the latter, though, is us taking for granted that we will be around two hours from now or even 24 hours from now.
i’m not trying to be morbid or bring anybody down even more than they already are on a monday, but our lives could be over in a flash. there is no guarantee we will get more time later on.
the only guarantee is the moment in which we find ourselves. the right now.
question: how are you spending your only guarantee? are you bemoaning your monday, as though it’s like all the ones that have come before? or are you pursuing something meaningful in your present moment?