TODAY - A Different Perspective

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

Here TODAY, Gone Tomorrow

"Learn from yesterday, live for TODAY, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
Okay, Mr. Einstein, in keeping with your quote, my question is...why haven't we learned anything from you? Many of us cannot let go of yesterday. We cannot be or stay in the present (TODAY) for very long and yes, we have hope for tomorrow, but we sure could use some help getting there a little quicker! Please, how about sending us a new theory of...let's say...Love thy neighbor! Yeah, that's it, the new "Theory of Love Thy Neighbor." We could certainly use one of those incredibly insightful theories a whole lot more than the Atomic Bomb. See if you can hurry up with this one just in case some idiot unfamiliar with your advocacy of peace decides to use your last invention again and we wind up on "Planet Poof!"

My wife Sophia Playing on the proposed Dalai-Lama-wood Mountain site near Asheville, NC (LOL)
My wife Sophia Playing on the proposed Dalai-Lama-wood Mountain site near Asheville, NC (LOL)

Universal Responsibility Theme Park

"TODAY, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life." - Dalai Lama


TODAY's life is a life of anxiety and stress because we have forgotten how to treat one another and we so often put our own interests before the interest of the collective whole. Many corporations today, for example, feed on their employee's necessity for a job, a desire for increased productivity and decreasing costs in order to stay in business. Our environment is decaying and we are filling landfills like there is no tomorrow and we're doing it, in part, by selling foreign goods made with foreign materials and labor, effectively moving a country like China, for example, to the US one gift, one toy, one box at a time.

Well, me and the Mrs. have developed a partnership with eastern thought to create a new theme employment/fun/recreation park intended to relieve the upcoming stress crisis. It's a place where the whole family can come and totally de-stress. You can meditate, hibernate and recreate all in the same place. We have proposed this park to be located in one of the country's most notoriously deprived regions to help with its economy. That region would be Appalachia, ripe with its traditional music and fabulously pristine mountain ranges. The name of the new venture is awaiting approval and blessings from it's honorary leader. The new theme park with be named - Dalai-Lama-wood! Yes that's right folks, we'll take a sense of universal responsibility, one planet, one human and yes, all life forms, one visitor at a time. How's that for TODAY type thinking?

Sister Act?

LaZoom Bus Sister - Asheville, NC Photo by Sophia Phillips Noll
LaZoom Bus Sister - Asheville, NC Photo by Sophia Phillips Noll

The You of TODAY

"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Seuss

The real question TODAY is: Who Are You? Or more precisely we could ask Who Am I?

With so many options and twice as many distractions to become something or someone, I find in my questioning of myself and others that with all of the tools at hand, we often still don't know who we are. Often for example, men (also increasingly happens to women) work all their lives thinking they are one person doing all the things a man is supposed to do...Good husband, father, coach, brother, you name the role, only to find out they are not at all fulfilled. Somehow they were deceived by their own ego into playing one role that actually was diametrically opposed to who they really are inside. This mid-life crisis befalls so many people you have to wonder how often we failed to look into the mirror of life within?

As in the photo above, sometime appearances can be deceiving! (LOL) Getting to the you you really are as Dr. Seuss would say, isn't always as easy as it seems. So, maybe TODAY would be the best time to get real with yourself and begin the journey that takes you to the tomorrow you really desire!

A few more TODAY quotes

  • One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie
  • Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. - Ronald Reagan
  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. - Abraham Lincoln
  • A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten. - John F. Kennedy
  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. _ Simone de Beauvoir

TODAY is your day - No other day matters!

One final thought from yours truly. It doesn't really matter what day TODAY is. What matters is, it is a gift and it is the only day you really have! If there were another you on another day, don't you think you would know of it? TODAY is a gift, and in reality the only acceptable response is gratefulness. I have said on many other occasions how valuable an attitude of gratitude is to helping you bring happiness, joy and Great Fullness into your life. Why wait to experience this wonderful emotion? Isn't TODAY the day to begin?

Each and every one of us has the capacity inside to explore all of the miraculous creations of our world. It does take a certain perspective to find joy in the midst of calamity. Tragedy, disaster and death are all around us and always will be. So the choice we have is; how will I handle it TODAY? Will I succumb to the tyranny of fear or will I TODAY rise above the inevitable to experience the joy of the inconceivable? TODAY, the choice is mine!

Peace be with you my brothers and sisters, no matter who or where you are TODAY!



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

It is really hard to argue against this message, so I won't even try. Buddy, you are right on! I was at a meeting today, and announced my AA 6th birthday, and I went on to share that life is good, and I really don't have problems....what I have is life, and today I face life, no matter what it brings, and I celebrate in today. One woman took offense to that, saying it is impossible to live life without problems. I guess it's just a matter of perspective now isn't it? :)

Great job here my friend; you are a good man with a good message that applies to all.

peace and happiness to you, today and always,

bill


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Bruce, this is beautiful. I love the idea of Dahli Llama-wood too. I'm such a dreamer that I have to reign myself in sometimes to truly live in the moment. But, I have been reading a lot about Zen and it makes such sense to me. I am trying to incorporate some of the philosophy in my day to day life and when I am diligent about it, life is amazing. I hope this hub gets lots of traffice because people need to hear it. I am sharing. Voting up and awesome too.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Bill & thank you for your kind remarks.

I',m grateful that you have CHOSEN to take the path you did. I will say I have to agree with the women who argued with you. (she obviosly didn't know who you were or she would not have attempted it) It is impossible to live a life without problems. It's just that people like you and I make a conscious choice to handle them in a different way. We see them differently. And, I'm happy to say we do!

Thank you my friend, for your continued support!

Blessings to you!

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Linda!

Thanks for the comment!

Well, if we can have a Dolly Parton's "Dollywood" in our back yard, why not a "Dalai-Lama-Wood?" LOL

I hope you are successful at enjoying the moment. It has improved my life immensely and it is, of course, a choice.

I will check up on your progress from time to time! LOL

Have fun today!

Sincerely,

Bruce


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Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Hi Bruce,

I too love the idea of the Dalai-Lama-wood in Appalachia. I appreciate so much your message. I get discouraged sometimes by the world situation, and I need to hear uplifting messages and see examples of positive projects. I've just joined a group that plants trees, that's my affirmation step. Thanks so much & you have a great "today"!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Bruce.....TODAY, I read a wonderful hub, by my Hub friend Born2care. I read it just in time to make a plan for today, before it gets too late. We must be grateful for these little reminders to embrace each new day with a commitment. Thank you.

I sat and thought for just a moment and knew what I should do. With Thanksgiving, only days away, I will focus on the families who have less than I. I'll make a small difference as best I can, by filling boxes with the makings of a turkey dinner. I will deliver this to the family, 3 miles down the road. A lovely family with 4 sweet children, whose Dad is out of work and whose Mom works long shifts to keep them afloat. I'll deliver this meal with a smile and a wish for good health.

While this is but a small gesture, I will hope it brings them comfort.

Beautiful thoughts in your hub and great video, Bruce. Sophia is a doll!!..............UP+++


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Well Paula, you've lived up to my billing as one bomb of a commenter. Your brief meditation and gift of helping to brighten the day of another family, in need or not, is truly a beautiful surprise for me.

Reaching out to those around us is an incredibly important gesture that is as loving as it can get. This tells me you have the gift of giving! We don't know for sure how this gift originates, but we know it stems from our relationship with the Source of All Being.

This also tells me you have experienced the beauty of TODAY and that you take no moment for granted. Even I envy you, because along with the gift of giving comes some of the most incredible responsibilities and not all of us are willing to assume them.

Thank you for reading my hub and leaving this wonderfully generous comment.

Would you do something for me, please. When you deliver the Thanksgiving meal, deliver an envelope with these words from "Another Human Being"...

"You are loved more than you could ever know! Deep within you there has been hidden a perfect and unique set of gifts, created and given only to you. No other being on the face of this planet possesses these gifts in exactly the same measure as you do. You have also been given immeasurable hope, also deep within, used to help you overcome the obstacles to discovering and developing those gifts.

Thanksgiving is a very special day of gratefulness for all we possess. As just one person in this world, I am spending TODAY being grateful for you. Who knows, I may be or know the person who needs and receives what only you can offer.

Thank you for being YOU and for using your gifts TODAY!

May peace always be with you."

Paula, if you choose not to include those words, it's okay. Speaking them was gift enough for me. And, thank you for being you too!

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