“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh has been on my mind the past few days. It was my son’s favorite when he was little, and I’m feeling the urge to read it again. I’m feeling the urge to have the paper copies. The original Winnie-the-Pooh, before Disney adopted him.
I was looking for a signature for my outgoing email, a Winnie-the-Pooh quote, and I came across this one. I realized, in reading it, that I believe this is what I believe. Suzicate had two recent posts that set me thinking – the first about believing and the second about adjusting – or sacrifice, depending upon your viewpoint. The dawn came, reading those posts and finding this quote.
Yesterday is history, and there is no point in dwelling on it. Learn what we can from it and move on. I say this – yet I spend more time than I care to admit to wishing I could have done this or that differently – things that affected those whom I love. I am working on that. I am working on remembering that it is history and cannot be changed, so dwelling and regretting really serves no purpose.
Tomorrow? We can make all the plans we want for tomorrow, and that is a good thing. But those plans may or may not come to fruition, and if they do not – adjust. Make the best of it. Move on. We make the choice whether we consider having to change our plans a sacrifice or an adjustment. We make the choice whether to deal with things as gracefully and graciously as possible, or whether to make ourselves miserable with regret.
Today? Today is a gift – the present. I woke up today to the real world. I was able to get out of bed. I was able to move around freely. I was able to enjoy the sunshine, the blue sky, the rain drops coming from the clouds that are smooth and gray or roiling and dramatic. I was, I am, able to enjoy whatever the world has in store for me. Today.
Today is enough.