Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin.
This quote from Mother Teresa is packed full of truth. It is not complicated. It hits the nail on the head when it comes to making the most of every day.
Together let’s look in detail at what exactly was Mother Teresa saying.
Yesterday Is Gone
Depending upon how yesterday was will determine how we feel today. We could feel happy, sad, frustrated even excited. We may even have many furious feelings about yesterday.
But there could be danger looking back. We might find ourselves living in the past, perhaps building a monument to the past. Sometimes we feel we can’t move on. We therefore allow that action to determine and shape our today.
I have learned that successes and failures can cause us to have the same reaction. We look back to our success but never make any real progress from there.
Similar to a failure where again we live on in hurt and rejection, never making any real progress.
Tomorrow Has Not Yet Come
I am all for vision and forward planning. It is one of the things I do best. I am a ‘big picture’ guy. As a leader, I see things before many others see things.
However, the danger can be that we always live for tomorrow sometimes putting off important stepping stones for today.
It is great to have a plan; however, you must ensure the plan also turns into Action.
Always thinking about tomorrow can have its dangers! Why do something today when there is always tomorrow?
We procrastinate. We become lazy. We give ourselves a ‘pat on the back’ because we fool ourselves into thinking, “Tomorrow I will do….”
In reality, tomorrow never happens. Does this resonate with you? There are many people who fall into this trap, thus never make the progress in their personal growth that they desire.
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We Have Only Today – Let Us Begin
Only God knows how long we will live. We do not choose the number of our days. However, we can choose to make the most of everyday.
Mother Teresa’s quote, “We have only today – let us begin.” is something to live by. She was not just a woman of quotes. She did not just talk-the-talk, she walked-the-walk.
Her many quotes are a reflection of her amazing life. She helped, encouraged and impacted millions of people.
Mother Teresa realized that everyday counted. This should be the same for us. We should live life to the fullest every day. We should not allow the past or the future to hinder us.
Today – whatever our circumstances are – we really can still contribute to the lives of others.
My challenge to you and to myself – seize the day. Look to impact those round us!
Will we not allow yesterday and tomorrow to stop us having a huge impact on those around us today?
Today really does matter. You can’t change yesterday but you can make the most of today. You can’t go back – but you can move forward.
Let these words stay with you as you consider your day “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin.” Mother Teresa”
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