the silver box

Some time ago a friend of mine told me about an elevator boy who was whistling a merry tune on his way up one morning.

“Why so happy?” a grim-faced rider asked him.
“I’ve never lived this day before!” the boy replied.

And he was wiser than his years.

The only life we can live is lived today. Yesterday is behind us; and however golden its hours, they cannot be lived again but only remembered. Tomorrow is before us; and however sweet its expectations, the clock must tick its patient course before we can test our hope against reality.

We can live no more than one day at a time. If we do not live today, we do not live at all; and each day that we live is a lifetime complete in itself. Its dawn is the beginning of that lifetime, and with its setting sun the lifetime comes to an end. With the birth of the day we too are born, and when death comes to the day it also comes to ourselves. And day after day another life is given us to live — hours not simply to be contemplated and hours not to be wasted with vain regrets about yesterday or futile dreams about tomorrow, but hours to be lived in joy and helpfulness.

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~ by Kat on February 18, 2008.

2 Responses to “the silver box”

  1. Good things to remember – are you remembering them in your work craziness?

  2. Thank is so darn cool. Thanks for reminding us that life is in the moment.

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