Concentrate on Today’s Date

It’s been said well, “If you have to look at the calendar,
concentrate on today’s date.” It doesn’t hurt to look back
occasionally and learn lessons from the past. And we should
also look ahead and prepare for the future. But mostly… it
is a good idea to give today the best we’ve got.

Actor Sylvester Stallone once said of his acting success,
“It’s been a lovely ride – I just wish I’d been there to
enjoy it.” Have you ever felt that way? That life has been
good – even great – but you weren’t really there to enjoy

He went on to say, “It’s been like a blur – like trying to
sightsee through a quaint New England town at three hundred
miles an hour. I’d like to retrace my steps in the snow and
see what I missed. I mean, I’ve been to Europe ten times in
the past ten years, but I can’t remember anything. If I
didn’t have some of the door keys that I took by accident, I
wouldn’t remember where I stayed. My whole life is door

Have you ever felt like your life is… car keys? Office
keys? Keyboard keys? A blur?

Older people used to tell us when we were young parents to
“enjoy these years.” “They go by faster than you realize,”
these friends would say. And most of the time I’d think,
‘They can’t go by soon enough!’

I’ve always loved my children, and I am forever grateful I
am a parent. But some days I couldn’t wait for them to grow

I remember long nights – long nights when babies were up
because they couldn’t sleep, or didn’t feel well or just
decided to use that extra time to exercise their lungs.

I remember long nights – long nights lying awake waiting for
teenagers to come home… listening for the car engine so I
knew they were all right. And if someone would tell me to
enjoy those years, I’d shake my head and think, ‘I’ll enjoy
it when they grow up. I’ll enjoy getting my life back!’

But then the boys did grow up and they left home. And do you
know what? Our friends were right. Those years went by
faster than I expected. They seem like a blur now… and I
wonder if I enjoyed them fully.

Thomas Mann said, “Hold every moment sacred… Give each its
true and due fulfillment.” For these moments, I’m learning,
are all we really have.

Next time I look at the calendar, I’ll concentrate on
today’s date.

by Steve Goodier