That Was Yesterday
“Time flies.” How often have we all heard that figure of speech? Has it lost its impact on you? It does on most of us. It may be a good idea to remind ourselves that not only does time fly, but it flies by twice as fast as we think it will, ergo the title of this post. Our futures become our pasts before we can say, “I should have, would have, or could have.”
As we age, we eventually have the epiphany that no one person can do all they want or need to do; life is far too short for that. So what do we do with a day we are so lucky as to have? I have found that the most rewarding tasks are things that we do for fellow humans. I’m not suggesting that we only do things that directly impact others because we need to take care of ourselves too. It’s been said, to be selfless, we first need to act in our self-interest to have the wherewithal to be charitable with our time or money. So do something today that makes you a better person, whatever that means to you. Then touch someone else’s life with this ‘new and improved’ person you’ve become. It doesn’t have to be a big production either, but do it before it’s too late.
One of my life’s biggest regrets may seem trivial, but it disturbs me to this day. My mother—for whatever reason—had never had a Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich during her entire life. When I was a child, she would occasionally talk about wanting to try one. When I was in high school, I worked at an Italian beef/hotdog stand, and I always had the intention of bringing one home to surprise her. Being an absent-minded teenager, I would ever forget to do so. Eventually, I stopped working there, and the years and decades passed, and she’d jokingly bring it up on occasion with the subtle suggestion that she still wanted an Italian beef sandwich. It became a running gag for us and only us. She didn’t share this with anyone else in the family. Fast forward: she passed away a few years ago, and several months later, it hit me that I never took her out to have an Italian beef sandwich. So little effort and time could’ve made that little wish come true for my mom. Yes, she could’ve gotten one herself, but she wanted to do that with me. I can’t articulate how much this haunts me.
So whatever you decide to do today, make it a good thing for yourself and someone else. It can be a big thing or a trivial one. Just make a positive impact. Lest we forget that any tyrant or ignoramus can change the world. It takes a special person to improve it. Think about how much time you have left. Then think again. It’s less than you know. Do something good for yourself and someone else today. It’s one thing you’ll never regret.
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