You’ll Never Have This Day Again, 5 Tips to Make Today Count

Lori Jackson
Feb 9 · 4 min read
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I love the message of Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” Have you ever listened carefully to the words? My take away? — each day is a gift and we have but one chance to make it count.

I’ve long been a collector of words. In high school, I had a special notebook, in which I carefully wrote some of my favorite quotes under a topic header. I’ve always appreciated how words play with my thought process, give me insight into someone else’s mind and often bring a new perspective to an old idea. The meaning and interpretation behind words have always been a welcome challenge to me.

For you word lovers who might want a little more encouragement or motivation to make today count, or for anyone else who is searching for a little bit of light on a dark day — this is for you. I believe in you and know you can do it!

“Begin each day with a grateful heart.” — Roy Bennett

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Photo by Pezibear from Pixabay

This simple equation is a great way to start your day.

Count your blessings = comfort, joy, and happiness.

Expressing your gratitude on a regular basis is like taking a daily supplement of vitamins. An attitude of gratitude has a positive effect and healing power on your mental health, brain function, and overall well-being. Choosing Gratitude makes everything a little better.

“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” — Les Brown

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How often do you let the grumpy store clerk, your moody teenager, or stressed-out spouse influence your day? It is easy to get set off when someone’s attitude or opinion rubs off you. Don’t your brain take over and take you on some new reality trip.

Instead, choose to be curious about their opinion, decide what YOU want to let it mean — if those thoughts don’t help just say, “No Thank You” and walk away.

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.“ — George Eliot

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If I didn’t believe this I’d still be trying to figure out what to do with my life. Your past is your past, and your future is still waiting for you to make it. Too often we allow our past to determine what we think we can or cannot do.

It reminds me of when my grandson learned to walk. He didn’t think about all the times he fell and bumped his head, he kept focused on what he wanted to do and made it happen. Persistence, determination, and vision make a recipe for success.

“Never regret a day in your life…

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Good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” –Sukhraj S. Dhillon

It’s okay to have a bad day. In fact, if you’ve never had one, something might be wrong with you. Allow yourself to feel your emotions just don’t let them take over and define your life. Each day has something to offer, embrace the good, bad and ugly, learn from them, and begin again tomorrow.

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” –Unknown

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Sometimes we have a tendency to get stuck. Maybe our last chapter was something wonderful or possibly heartbreaking — either way life continues. When we get lost in the past we inadvertently allow it to control our future. Don’t get me wrong — the past is not all bad! We can occasionally revisit the past in attempts to learn and grow from choices we’ve made, but if your past is keeping you from enjoying your present or looking forward to the future you might need to look at moving on.

How do you make today count?

How do you make the most of each day? Do you have a favorite quote to motivate you when you need a little extra boost? I’d love to hear what helps you make the most of each new day in the comments below.

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