Monday, May 24, 2010

Carpe Diem

"Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one."  ~Wayne Dyer

Last week I received the very sad news that a former high school classmate had passed away, and he was funeralized this weekend. I remember him as a very intelligent, studious gentleman of excellence and focus, and his obituary reflected that. He made outstanding accomplishments in his adult life of the caliber that many of us can only dream of. The irony is that he wasn't even yet 50 so was still relatively young.

I bring this up because his passing reminds me anew that tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. We tend to go about our daily business making plans for the future as if it's a given. How many of us have put off until tomorrow things that we could have done today? If we died tonight would the achievements that we leave behind make people stop to pause and reflect? How are our family relationships, the reputations that we have on our jobs, the names that we have in our churches? If called upon to speak at our funerals, how would our neighbors testify of us?

Let's live today, and every day, in such a manner that we leave our mark. Touch somebody's life. Make a difference. Leave a footprint in the sand. Achieve. Only you know how that can be accomplished for you.