Jeremy Statton

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Today or Tomorrow?

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There are two different ways to write your story. Two ways to choose to live your life.

One is for the short term. To win acclamation and praise now. To do whatever it takes to get what you want today.

To live for a purpose that only matters for a moment.

The other way is to shoot for the long haul. To live for tomorrow instead of today. Or even longer. To live for tomorrow’s tomorrow.

To live for a purpose that matters forever.

The difference? You.

photo by Shahid Sarker (Creative Commons)

When you live for today, the focus is on what you want. The self.

When you live for tomorrow, it is typically for the good of someone else.

It is a choice that you get to make. Everyday.

The default answer is the former. And many live life by default, making the decision without ever really thinking about it. When tomorrow becomes today, they have nothing to show from yesterday.

The only way to choose tomorrow is to actively make the choice. To intend to do more and not settle for less.

Today or tomorrow? It’s your choice.

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About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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18 Replies

  1. I love the power to choose! I want to live intentionally today with my eyes wide open.

  2. Eyes wide open. Wide awake.

  3. always tomorrow. when we make it about someone else, the feeling is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration, Jeremy. I want to learn to live a better story!

  4. Powerful post, Jeremy. Thanks for making me think (again)!

    FYI: I’m reading Brendon Burchard’s book “The Charge — Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You feel Alive” and a lot of what he talks about in his book is perfectly in line with your post today.

    Good stuff!

  5. “The only way to choose tomorrow is to actively make the choice. To intend to do more and not settle for less.”

    Powerful words Jeremy. Thanks for this reminder.

  6. It’s a choice we make everyday, but since their is a default, we hardly notice that make it.

  7. Just yesterday I saw this advert on TV that was urging people to live a better tomorrow by choosing their product today (or something like that). I thought it was so clever. Same principle you have shared, we choose our tomorrow (or not) by what we do today

  8. i don’t know if today or tomorrow is necessarily correlated to selfish vs selfless, but having eternity in mind would be greater than either

  9. I agree. Living with eternity in mind is better.

  10. It seems kind of selfish in wanting to leave a legacy, but that is a large part of my purpose for living for tomorrow, next year, etc…
    I want to make a difference. For the Kingdom, in helping humanity’s suffering, and if I’m being transparent, to know that I mattered.
    If I spend too much time living for tomorrow and creating a legacy, I do miss out on what God would want me to do today.

  11. Kapil Sopory

    I strongly believe that the present moment is more important than any other and if I make proper and productive use of it, life will produce real happiness. Thinking of the past which is in the tomb, and future which is still in the womb leads to a dark shadow on the present and we grope in imaginary hallucinations of the past ( “had I been that, had I been this so might I gain so might I miss”) and future (desires and hopes leading to mental ping pong for fulfillment thereof) . Future planning is no doubt necessary but worry, anxiety and abnormal concern for what would happen are not. Live the present king size and see that all will be well for tomorrow will be today tomorrow.

  12. I don’t disagree. The only place you can be is in the now. But there are things we choose to do with right now that are all about the future. It’s not necessarily worrying about the future, but living for something more.

  13. Mmmmm…that is such a simple but powerful statement

  14. I choose to live for tomorrow and not live in the regret of yesterday. I will live a life of purpose!

  15. Boy, oh Boy, did I need to read this. I have been diving into a project, wondering if it was truly taking up too much of my time. But this put that project in perspective for me. In the end, I desire to have something to show for yesterday. Something that matters more for others and for their benefit rather than for mine.

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