Tomorrow does not exist. At this point, some may branch off about the philosophical implications of talking about what that means, but that’s all boring or confusing stuff to Joe sipping his joe, and without the convoluted explanation, Joe would probably get the idea anyways. The question now is: What is our response to this?
First: Alittle clarification on why this is written: It’s funny (and sad), but most people believe that there is going to be a tomorrow even if they know full well that their life could end today. Let’s face it, there are risks, but in modern America, you have to plan for the future, or at least that’s Joe’s excuse as he drives through a red light to make it to work on time, ignoring the risk that he could be broadsided and killed that instant and in so doing reduces his excuse from logic to pure rhetoric.
Many have already recognized that American life is speeding up. At some point, we may be on drugs to speed us up until the robots take over and the rich euthanize all the poor because they don’t need us, but I can rant on that another time.
Our response to the fact that tomorrow does not exist should be simply this: live in the now moment. Many Americans are under the assumption that they are living in the now moment – they are spending their days in life of luxury. If a doctor told them they had cancer, they would start living more in the now moment than they had the previous minute, but that’s because death entered the realm of their mind.
It’s interesting that death should be an excellent motivator. It can make people become traitors, benevolent caretakers, recluses, or take on any other extreme character humans have been recorded to possess. But this point is not about death.
Death and tomorrow have one thing in common: they are in the future, but only the latter is presumed as coming sooner (at least until you’re on your deathbed and at last refusing your medication).
The contrast between death and tomorrow is that tomorrow is always counted on as the time for when something can be done. “I’ll do it later” is common. But “I’ll do it later” isn’t action. It doesn’t even count as a good intention. It’s simply procrastination, delay. It isn’t even inevitable delay. It’s simply pushing off what you need to do now for what you want to do now. Joe may want to speed through that red light, but he needs to stop. Joe may want to stay up late and watch movies, but he needs his sleep.
What’s the point in all this: your health, physically, psychologically, spiritually, and reputationally (yes, I made that up). Don’t delay; be healthy today. Eat healthy now – don’t delay your diet for later. Read that thought-provoking book now – don’t push it off until after you dilly-dally online. Stop wasting time with all the little, piddly stuff in your life thinking that you’re going to do the big stuff tomorrow. Do what’s important now. Then you can enjoy life now – smile now, laugh now, experience now, putting behind you the past and forging a bright and hopeful future for yourself.
The difference between the C.E.O. of a company and a couch potato with equal potential is procrastination. The C.E.O. got started; the couch potato delayed things.
Don’t wait until tomorrow to take advantage of the vibrancy of your life. Take advantage of it now. That in itself is well worth the good night of sleep you will get even if you don’t get everything done that you wanted to. At least you started. Sleep well because you got done that day what God knew you would get done. THEN, and only then, when you lie your head on the pillow to rest, should you say to that which you started and is currently incomplete: “There’s always tomorrow.”