by Alex Araneta
A great person and an inspiration passed away last year- John Wooden, former coach of UCLA. Let me share something about making the most of each day…..
Make each day your masterpiece.
In other words, how would you spend today if it were the one day by which your entire life would be judged?
This is something I make a genuine effort to keep in mind every single day of my life.
What would I write if I knew I only had one shot at making a difference in someone’s life?
How would I spend the next hour with my four year old son if I knew it was the only hour he’d remember from his childhood when he was an adult?
How would I spend this evening with my wife if it were the last evening we would spend together?
How would I spend my money today if I knew that today spoke financially for the rest of my days?
Would I hold my temper? Would I stop being such a slob? Would I set a good example? Would I not worry what the neighbors thought and just run through the sprinkler in my clothes, laughing with my children? Would I make a perfectly delicious, tasty meal and smile at my daughter across the dinner table – or would I just throw a box of Tuna Helper out there?
Every single day, we’re making an impact on the people around us. The people we love. The people we merely like. The people we will never directly know. Even on ourselves – our future health and happiness and relationships and skills and finances.
Every single day, we have a chance to really make all of those things shine – or we can buy a sack full of double cheeseburgers and sit in the basement all evening watching Seinfeld reruns.
Today is really the only day that matters. You can’t make your past self do anything. You can’t make your future self do anything, either. Your only freedom of choice is right now, and thus today is your one chance to paint your masterpiece.
What are you going to do today to make it your masterpiece?
by Alex Araneta