Why ‘Do’ Matters More than ‘Did’
Dear Why Team member,
I hope this week’s message finds you well and doing your best.
On June 2nd I celebrated my 59th birthday - many years of being and doing. And while I have done a great deal over the course of my life, thus far, it matters little in comparison to how I am being and what I am doing today. This day and only today is my lifetime - the actual time I am alive.
I am proud of my perseverance, humbled by all the opportunities and all that I did these past 59 years- but it matters little compared to what I am doing in the now, today.
“Always Make Tomorrow Bigger Than Your Past” - Dan Sullivan
It occurred to me recently that I have never been more capable than I am at this very moment. That literally, the added experience I gained this morning made me more capable than I was before this morning; more capable to understand, to serve, to give, to make a positive difference in the world. So, if I am more capable now than I have ever been, then all that I have already accomplished, was accomplished with less capabilities than I have right now. So why wouldn’t what I do now possibly be more impactful than what I have done in the past?! Why wouldn’t my next decade be my best decade of all? And no doubt that unfolding will be dependent upon how I live now, each and every day. If so much could have been accomplished largely unconsciously in the past, what could be achieved more consciously now and in the future? Just living more so in the now this year has had a profoundly positive impact on my life. I can’t get enough of the awakening that today, and only today, is my life-time; that literally now is the only time I am alive and the only time I have any power.
Now is the only time we have any power. - Leo Tolstoy
At this writing, I just left another session with my trainer Joel Wainscott. He is among the few humans I have known that have had a profound impact on my life. He has been training me for over 17 years, through thick and thin. Woody Allen once said that 80% of life is just showing up. I’ve often said that if I lost everything, I would dig behind the cushions of my couch to find change to pay my trainer. The past hour at his mercy meant far more effort and intensity than I could have mustered on my own. Together I have become truly better. But no work out in the past matters more than the one I did today, the one in which I showed up and gave it my all. It literally was my best workout ever; the one that matters the most now - reminding me and awakening me to now.
I wish I could say I’ve always felt and acted this way, living my best day ever, but the understanding came to me through trials and after letting go of old baggage that was helping me survive but was keeping me from living. I am sharing this with you with the hope you can get to living your Best Day Ever sooner, and enjoying today as this is the only time we have, tomorrow is promised to no one.
I have been fortunate to live a remarkable life and have done much, but I am most excited about the life that I am living now, what I am doing now and how I am determined to keep showing up each and every day I am gifted.
Congratulations on all that you did, but more so for what you are doing now - showing up and living your BEST DAY EVER!!!
Make it a great week!
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