Today Well Lived

by | May 24, 2004 | Helping, Kindness, Love, New Year

Several day ago I was playing fetch with our big Saint Bernard dog, Buddy. I was tossing a ball down the hallway of our home and watching with delight while Buddy chased it down and brought it back. Just as I was throwing the ball for the third time, however, our littlest dog, Julie raced by me with Buddy’s favorite stuffed animal in her mouth. Poor Buddy didn’t know what to do. He started to go after his ball and then turned to get his stuffed animal from Julie and then turned again to get the ball. In the end, he just sat on the floor unable to decide or act.

I think that sometimes a lot of us end up like my big, confused dog when it comes to living our lives. We spend half of our time, energy, and thoughts regretting the mistakes we have made in our past and we spend the other half of our time, energy, and thoughts worrying about the future. In the end, we too find ourselves just sitting on the floor unable to live today.

If we want to really live we have to live today. If we want to really love we have to love today. If we want to really be happy we have to be happy today. God designed us to live one day at a time. It is we who mess up our lives by carrying our past mistakes into our hearts and minds with each new day. It is we who mess up our lives by letting fears of things that haven’t even happened yet eat away at the joy in our souls today.

God loves us and God wants us to fully live each new day we are given. As the new year approaches then let us all join God in forgiving our past, trust God as we build our future, and be one with God as we choose and share love and joy today. Today, after all, really is the only day we have. And as it says from the sanskirt: “Today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Joseph J. Mazzella


Today Well Lived