Today is a Gift

I’ve been working hard to use my time to the fullest extent possible.  (Remember, my word this year is “action”.)  I have been painting more lately and simply loving it!  There’s a well-known quote:

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.”  –Anonymous

In searching for more about this quote, I pulled this post up from an expired blog by Ivan Minic written back on October 29, 2005:

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. 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. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running!! Make the most of today.
To realise the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realise the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realise the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of one minute, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realise the value of one second, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realise the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal at the olympics.

…. And remember time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.

Well said, Ivan.  Here’s my gift for today…

Today’s Gift
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas



About Tracy Wall

I'm an artist and massage therapist living in Denver, Colorado.
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3 Responses to Today is a Gift

  1. Faye says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful reminder to live in each moment. Your painting truly is a gift–it is a stunning piece. Thanks for sharing,

  2. joy Schultz says:

    Holy Cow, Miss Now!

    that is powerful!
    I am going to print it out and CHANGE MY DAY RIGHT NOW!!!!

    love, Joy

  3. Tracy says:

    Thank you both!

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