Time zones are killers. A couple of days ago I drove from Michigan to northern Idaho. During the 2000 mile journey the time zone shifted three times. Yesterday morning I awoke in Idaho at 2:00 AM and thought the day had started.
I don’t help the problem. My brain is always doing the math. For example last night at around 8:00 I felt all in. But then my brain did the math and I said to myself, “Back home it’s 11:00. No wonder I’m crashing.” And then I thought about the time I wanted to get started the next morning. My brain again did the math and I got all confused.
Time zones are killers for me. The same holds true for the three time zones of our lives. There is time past, present, and future.
When we fail to focus on the time zone called the present we can get confused and messed up.
Yes, it’s helpful to look at our past. We learn from our mistakes. By closing our eyes we can recreate pleasant memories which warm our hearts years later. The past is valuable but we dare NOT live in the past. I loved my college days. Wow. We had a great time. But those days are gone. I cannot live them again. And if I keep focusing on those days I fail to enjoy the time zone called the present.
The same can be said of the future. We must make plans. It’s helpful to analyze trends and make forecasts. I pay attention to what the weather man has to say. But we cannot spend too much time dreaming about the time zone called tomorrow. We have no guarantee of another day.
The challenge you and I face is to embrace the time zone called TODAY. This is the day you possess. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not under a signed contract to arrive. Today, this day, right now is your moment.
Not long ago my wife stumbled upon a song by a group called American Authors. The title of the song is “The Best Day of My Life.” I purchased the song and play it often. I love being reminded “this is going to be the best day of my life.”
I’m going to go out on a limb and make you a guarantee. I guarantee TODAY is the best day of your life.
I am certain of it. Even if you receive the worse news you can imagine this is the best day of your life. Why am I so certain? Yesterday is dead and gone. Tomorrow may not show up. All you have for certain is THIS day. And if all you have is this day, it must be the best day.
If this doesn’t make sense blame it on the three times zones. They tend to confuse everything. But I know this. I’m embracing today like it is my last day on the planet. It’s gonna be the best day of my life.