Tuesday, April 23, 2013



There is no dearth of quotes about “today”—a Google search brought up numerous motivational and/or inspirational websites.  Here are a few that jumped out to me: 

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” –Charles Dederich

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”  --Will Rogers

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  --Psalms 118:24

However, it was this quote, attributed to Dale Carnegie, which was my favorite of the ones I read this morning: 

“Today is life—the only life you are sure of.  Make the most of today.  Get interested in something.  Shake yourself awake.  Develop a hobby.  Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.  Live today with gusto.”

I like this quote.  Too often, I allow my “to-do” list to drive how I experience my day, rather than my desires.  While I can’t just ignore the responsibilities of daily life, I could find ways to better weave more enjoyment into my individual days by spending time each day pursuing the things that give me passion.

I like it because it reminds me that today is indeed the fabric of life I have to work with.  Yesterday has passed and tomorrow, though promised, is never guaranteed.   I like it because it challenges me to be involved, be engaged, and keep active—intellectually as well as physically. And I believe the reward of living today with enthusiasm and passion is the joy that is returned to you.

Have a great day!


  1. Loved this post and I agree wholeheartedly! It made me think of one of my favorite Max Lucado books, entitled "Every Day Deserves a Chance" (to be a good day, but you must be present to win!) And I totally agree with the thought that the joy and passion you put into each one is returned to you...you simply reap what you sow. Great post for T!

  2. I love the Carnegie quote! Often times I wake up and wonder what I should do with my day. I admit I don't 'carpe diem' as much as I should, but am hoping to do more once the weather finally warms up.

  3. Great post! I love the Carnegie quote. This post actually energized me! Very well done. :)

    Rhonda, visiting from the A to Z Challenge DizzyStir