We talk about tomorrow
But we've only got today.
(From a Keith Urban song)
The concept of carpe diem, seize the day, is both appealing and elusive.
Living for today, living like there's no tomorrow because tomorrow is not promised, live like you were dying (doing those things you've been putting off, knowing that this is your last chance to do them) ... all of those things line a great conceptual path to a rich life.
Work, commuting, living up to expectations and obligations, work, laundry, cooking, paying bills and work ... all of those things set up obstacles on that path.
How do we find a balance? How do we live for today, knowing it could be our last day, while keeping an eye on tomorrow, knowing there's a decent chance we will see a tomorrow?
Those are questions I ask every day. What about you?
The closest strategy I have to answer that question is this: carve out at least a little bit of "today" time every day, celebrate that action and do something, however little it may be, to prepare for tomorrow.
In other words, find the balance.
Make the most of today and plan for the tomorrow you hope you'll see.