Posted by: coachingparents | December 11, 2007

Tomorrow with Children and Family


“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.  Comes into us at midnight very clean.  It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.  It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” –John Wayne

I posted this quote on my web site and found myself thinking about what the meaning behind it could be.  Although, it is important to stay in this moment and not worry about what tomorrow will bring, this quote has depth and meaning that puts into perspective the path of life.

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life- For many people who may be sick; waiting for the birth of a child; celebrating a special occasion; or waiting for the return of a loved one- tomorrow could be the most important day of their life.  It could be the day someone finds out if a test result is negative; the day a first child is welcomed into the world; a grandparents 50th wedding anniversary or your 10th; or the day someone’s spouse or child comes home from war.

Comes into us at midnight very clean- The moment the clock strokes midnight, we are given a clean slate to start this day on its own merit, with the opportunity to make better choices or to appreciate this day to its fullest.

It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands- Each day begins fresh with new opportunity and gives us another chance to make the most of what’s been given to us.  Whether it’s spending more time with your children; enjoying the company of your spouse; or taking things a little less seriously; we are given each day as a challenge or adventure to see if we can make the most of it.

It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday- The best we can ever hope for is that we recognize the mistakes we have made and learn from them, so as not to repeat them. It is also important to remember not to be hard on yourself for making mistakes as they are a part of your growth and development.  Each experience is intended to teach us something, the challenge is being aware of it.

“The past cannot be regained, although we can learn from it; the future is not yet ours even though we must plan for it…Time is now.  We have only today.” –Charles Hummell

Make the most of it!

©Tara Paterson, All Rights Reserved

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