IJMC - Missed Opportunities
Tonight I have a special request for everyone on the IJMC. Tomorrow, or
today for some of you, is my sister's birthday. So, if you get this
message on or before November 20, 1997...please send her a happy birthday
e-mail to gs03LST@panther.gsu.edu . I want her mailbox flooded, although
please, keep them clean and only one per customer... -dave
Benjamin Franklin said, "One today is worth two tomorrows." His words
point out a real danger for all of us: while dreaming about a better
tomorrow, we can make the mistake of neglecting today.
There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played.
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when he one day passed away,
His insurance was denied.
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never died.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO OUR LIVES?
That man went through the motions, and never really enjoyed life. We can
do the same.
Psychologist William James said that, "Compared with what we ought to be,
we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our
possible mental and physical resources. The human individual . . .
possesses powers of various sorts he habitually fails to use."
Thus, James discussed in professional terms what the poem talks about.
Both describe people who go through the motions, hoping that somehow
things will be better tomorrow. Unfortunately, they miss many good aspects
of life because they fail to make the most of each day.
I read somewhere that yesterday is a canceled check, and tomorrow is a
promissory note. But today is cash, ready for us to spend in living. How
are you spending today?