Some time back, I mentioned an amazing survey conducted by a psychologist in which thousands of people were asked what they were living for. It turned out — even to the expert’s astonishment — that nineteen out of twenty people didn’t have the faintest idea what they were living for. They were just living — and waiting. They were waiting for some “opportunity” to come along, waiting for someone to die, for a different political party to get into office, or to take a trip.
They were simply waiting… waiting for a better time.
Now, it’s a well-known fact that people aren’t operating anywhere near their peak efficiency when they’re waiting for something. And it’s also a well-known fact that people are happiest when they’re operating as close as possible to their peak efficiency. So, these people who were — and are — waiting for something in the future to happen to them aren’t getting anywhere.
They’re not accomplishing anything particularly worthwhile, and they’re not nearly as happy and interested in life as they could be.
I was thinking of this when I read a great quotation from the Sanskrit, called “The Importance of Today”. It goes like this:
“Look to this day. For it is life.
In its brief course
Lie all the realities of your existence
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of beauty
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only 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!”
That’s quite a piece of philosophy, and it’s true.
“For yesterday is but a dream. And tomorrow is only a vision.”
All we have is today. And it’s a crime, when you stop to think of it, the way we waste our todays. Hoping for something better to come along tomorrow.
In fact, on my next broadcast, I’ll tell you about a man who was paid $25,000 for a single idea that took only twenty minutes to explain.
An idea on how to make better use of the only time we ever have — which is right now — today!
Do you remember the line from a past political campaign which went something like this: “On the beach of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who sat down to wait — and waiting, died!”?
You might ask yourself, “Do I know what I’m living for — and am I going about accomplishing it today? Or, am I, like the nineteen out of twenty surveyed, waiting for ‘something’ to happen in the future?”
And remember the great line from the Sanskrit.
Do you know that if everyone actually lived by this great old quotation, about ninety-five percent of our problems would disappear overnight?
Brisbane said: “Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains. And the time that remains is time enough, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting.”