Seize the Day!—Meditations for the New Year

Category: Reflections

Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Shake yourself awake. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.—Dale Carnegie

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.—Les Brown

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.—Albert Einstein

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.—James Lane Allen

Build today, then strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure,
Shall tomorrow find its place.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.—Harriet Martineau

Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.—William A. Ward

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.—Dale Carnegie

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.—Groucho Marx

Today is yesterday’s pupil.—Thomas Fuller

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

—John Dryden

Never let yesterday use up too much of today.—Will Rogers

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today!—William Allen White

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Light tomorrow with today!—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Prayer for the New Year

Dear Master, for this coming year
Just one request I ask:
I do not want things my own way,
Nor plead for easy task.
I do not ask to understand
The way Thou leadest me,
But this I ask: Teach me to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

I want to know Thy guiding voice,
To walk with Thee each day.
Dear Master, make me swift to hear
And ready to obey.
And thus the year I now begin,
A happy year will be—
If I am seeking just to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

—Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)