*Hold on while I wipe away some tears I was trying to hold back at the end of CSI NY………..*
Maaaaaannnnn, the season finale of CSI: NY this past week was a GOOD one! I love the shows that take you on an emotional ride. I was happy, angry, annoyed, relieved, sympathetic, and finally, joyful.
The episode was about a police shooting of an unarmed black man, community uproar from the disturbed public, and the race to answers about the case.
So that I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet, just know that what we see is not always what it initially seems to be.
The title of the episode was very fitting: Today Is Life.
Go ahead and read that poster again. I’ll wait…..
Today IS Life
I remember when I first started studying resources in the realm of self development, metaphysics, and philosophy, there was one theme each had in common I paid attention to: Live today as if it were my last because tomorrow is never promised.
I had posted all types of signs in my cubicle at work with “Living Fully Today” and “Be Happy” types of messages and I remember one of my coworkers came in and [somewhat disgustingly] asked, “You believe all this new agey mumbo jumbo?“
I first didn’t know how to respond. New agey mumbo jumbo? How is living life fully new agey nonsense?
I couldn’t yet figure out why he thought that living fully every day and learning to be happy despite what circumstances happen in your life is new age and mumbo jumbo.
I decided not to question him about it because the way he had asked the question was argumentative and I dared not get into conversations like that, especially at work.
I then had to take a moment and breathe and not take his question as a personal attack against me.
Maybe this guy had so much negativity in his life that he just couldn’t see beyond the simple concept that tomorrow is NOT promised and/or he didn’t want to believe it.
Yes, that’s it! People don’t WANT to believe that today can be the last day of their lives so concepts like these are taken lightly.
If we could ask any departed soul what they’d do differently, I could probably bet that a lot of their answers would be to live more fully and/or live happier.
Incidentally, I asked my readers their thoughts on what it takes to live a happier life, and their responses were spot on!
Tomorrow Is NOT Promised
Despite our conscious or subconscious efforts to think we have all the time in the world and all the tomorrows and somedays we could ever want, I know you know that’s not the case.
I’m not trying to paint a doomsday picture here either. This is just a fact. Every one of us has an expiration date. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. Go ahead and ignore the expiration date on the food in your frig; you’ll be in for a rude awakening!
So what matters then?
What matters is what we do with today, with now, with this very moment.
Here’s an exercise for you: At the end of each day, take a moment and fathom what it would be like if you knew you weren’t waking up tomorrow. Did you live today? Did you shine so bright and make your mark in the world that others felt the impact? Did you love?
Hopefully, EVERY night your answer is yes. If not, you may need to evaluate how you’re living.
I Challenge You To Make The Most of Today
Living fully is not “new agey mumbo jumbo” nonsense as my coworker so eloquently stated.
The young man who was a victim in a police shooting in the CSI: NY’s final episode also understood this concept clearly. He signed all letters to his girlfriend with “Today is life, the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today.”
What remarkable wisdom for a young person and I applaud his view on life. Let’s all take that same wisdom and apply it to our daily lives.
And when people, like myself, advise you to “Live Life to the Fullest,” know that it’s not nonsense. It’s real; it’s wonderful; it’s enlightening.
So make the most of today.