“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.” (author unknown)
Yesterday was Jocelyn’s birthday. She had been anticipating her birthday for the last week. Her level of excitement peaking with the passing of each day. My daughter sent over a photo of bedtime the night before her big day, in which her face said it all – sheer joy!
Since it was not a day in which she attends preschool, she spent the entire day with me while her mom worked. I made several suggestions of where we could go to do something special for her birthday. Her reply each time was the same, “No, thank you. I want to play outside. I so excited to be four!”
And she truly was.
Several times over the course of the day, she remarked in a small, quiet and sheepish voice, “Mimi, I so proud I am four.” It brought tears to my eyes as I realized she was just proud to be. To be her. To be four.
Her pride and her joy was in simply being in her day.
She thoroughly enjoyed the day simply – playing outside, eating lunch together, going to speech, and playing outdoors once again. Her joy was obvious and contagious as “being four” looked beautiful to her.
Jesus offers us this advice about living:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes ”
(Matthew 6:34, The Message)
Right now. This minute. This day.
We have all been given this twenty four hour segment of time. The choice is set before us to determine how we will spend the time. Let’s make the most of today.