Monday / October 24 / 2011
Did you like it better when it was yesterday?
Did you ever like it better when it was yesterday? Wishing tomorrow wouldn’t come because of what it held or represented? (I see many of you nodding your heads because yesterday was still “the weekend” in this case!)
But today always comes, doesn’t it? It’s inevitable.
A large part of me wished today wouldn’t come. Not really today – but October 24th 1986. The day our community lost two precious souls in the accident… two of my most cherished friends, Dan Scott and Tina Fonzo.
But that fateful day did come and an entire community was forced to deal with it head-on.
The bonds of love, support, and unity were never as evident as they were those days and weeks following. We faced it with strength and resolve – metaphorically (and literally) wrapping our arms around one another – and never letting go. Those bonds are still evident today.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of that day and it comes with much more peace than I’d imagined.
Today marks the celebration of life in many ways. Today we celebrate the lives of Dan and Tina, remembering with fondness the time we shared. What a gift.
Today is the birthday of one of my dearest friends, Jeanne, someone I love and celebrate.
Today, the glorious sunshine, vibrant leaves, and warmer temps serve as a reminder that each day is a new day, filled with promise and opportunity.
It simply doesn’t matter what yesterday brought or what tomorrow will bring.
Each day is a chance for us to live life more fully.
Today is a chance for us to stop tormenting our souls with what was or what could’ve been – and embrace each piece of our history, recognizing its purpose in the makeup of who we are. Without any one of those pieces in your life’s journey – good, bad, or ugly – you wouldn’t be you.
You cannot change what has already happened. You can change how you move forward. How you push on. How you grasp life by the collar and tell it, “I will be living you now!”
Every single incident, event, emotion, and challenge lends itself to your You Evolution™.
Today is a gift, my friends. Unwrap it with the same anticipation you did when you were four. You may squeal when you realize it’s an Easy Bake Oven and you can bake brownies for your entire family! You may smile when you realize it’s that board game you’ve been eyeing. You may politely say, “thank you” when you realize it’s a new shirt. Or you may roll your eyes when you realize your brother just wrapped something he found in his room which he was planning to discard.
Each gift, each day will elicit a different response. Each will be filled with different struggles, celebrations, and choices.
But each day is indeed a gift from God. Embrace each day. Cherish them. DECIDE to stop allowing them to tear you down. Instead, use them to build you.
You are a glorious creature. A creation like NO other.
And I, for one, am glad you’re here.
Welcome to The You Evolution™.