New Day…New Opportunity

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.” – Douglas Pagels

Today is a blank page in the story of my life. I can write on that page however I choose to, be that beautiful words and stories or glorious art, or perhaps just scribbles or simply leaving it blank. Regardless of how I approach the day, the choices that I make remain the only thing in my life in which I have any control over. Therefore, if I wish to find success, it is of the utmost import that I approach my days with the prior intent–and make each one of them “the best story I possibly can.”

It is true that my success relies, in part, on my thoughts and actions of today. And if I wish to grow and develop into who I was created to be, I must do two things. First, I must be open to what the day has to offer me. Then, after I have accepted that, I must be willing to think and act in positive ways right here and right now–ways that will help to bring about positive lasting change in my life.

We must not take the here and now for granted, for it truly is a beautiful gift that we each have been given–a gift to experience, a gift to share, a gift to invest and use wisely. You control this moment, right here, right now. What are you doing to bring about success in your life? Are your thoughts and actions aligned with positive growth and development towards the person you are meant to be?

Make today’s story the best that you possibly can.

Questions to consider:

What are some reasons for which we take each day for granted?

What are some of the marvelous gifts that you can see as part of your life at this very moment? Do you often stop to consider them?

What are some ways in which you take advantage of each day?

For further thought:

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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