Do you know the best time to plant a Cocoa tree? If your answer is less than 10 years ago, then you are wrong! If you planted a cocoa tree 10 years ago, you will be reaping the harvest today. Indeed, you will.And in 2-3 years time, you will be harvesting optimally! Your harvest could even continue for another 10-20 years! Are you wishing you had planted cocoa 10 years ago?
Let me ask you another question? Do you know the 2nd best time to plant a Cocoa tree? The answer is “Today”! Yes, Today – not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, not next year, but today!
Today is the first day of the best days of the rest of your life. How are you going to use it? Many people bother themselves about yesterday. They are tied down by their past. They are held down by their past failures and shortcomings. They have allowed events they cannot change hold them down. A lot more worry about tomorrow. They are apprehensive about what the future holds and what tomorrow brings. They spend a lot of time and energy preparing for tomorrow’s rain that they forget to enjoy today’s sunshine! What a loss.
Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is cash. Today is the only day you can spend /invest as cash. Today is what you have in your hands. A song writer once said “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never be mine. Lord, help me today to take one day at a time”.
I am a strong advocate of proper planning. I have written several articles and spoken at length to a handful of audience on planning for the future. This is great. However, you must realize that today is the best day to create a better future. Infact, the way you spend today has a direct bearing on your tomorrow. In the words of popular author, John Maxwell “Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. The way to do it is to focus on today….Today is the only time you have. It's too late for yesterday. And you can't depend on tomorrow."
Most of us look at our days in the wrong way. We overexaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. The truth is that the most important day you will experience is today. Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip through their fingers. They recognize neither today’s value nor its potential. Making today your masterpiece is the key to success.
If we want to do something with our lives, then we must focus on today. That’s where tomorrow’s success lies. I believe that everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. The way to do it is to focus on today. Benjamin Franklin rightly observed, “One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am now becoming.” You can make today a good day. You can create the kind of future you want starting from now. If you use everyday well, starting from today, then you future is guaranteed!
Let me close with the words of a wise man “String the days together like beautiful pearls and make a lovely necklace.”
May I also let you know that the way you spend today does not only affect tomorrow? It affects the whole of eternity. Today is an investment on your eternity. Wouldn’t you rather invest well?
I hope you will have a splendid day today, and everyday!