Saturday, June 21, 2008

My Life Philosophy

Imagine that you have a bank account that had $86,400 every day. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. To really appreciate this account, wouldn't you take out every cent every day? Making the most of each dollar in the bank account so you don't lose any money?

Well you do have such a bank account - it's called time. We all have 86,400 seconds every day. If we don't make the most of it and treasure every second, you failed to "invest" in a good purpose in that day. Every new day, we get another 86,400 seconds—A new chance to do something good.
A few years ago, this analogy changed my perspective of life. It changed the way I live every day.

I just arrived from the movie theater with Stéphanie. We went to see Kung Fu Panda. There's a quote that rekindled this philosophy, my fuel for life.

Yesterday is history;
Tomorrow is a mystery;
Today is a gift;
That's why its called the present.
---Alice Morse Earle in "Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday: Garden Delights" (1902)
Eleanor Roosevelt used this quote so much that she's sometimes wrongfully credited for it.

The quote and the analogy focuses on the importance of treasuring the present, the current moment in time of the very breathe you just took.