Good Advice


So today I was cleaning out my office – guess you could call it Fall Cleaning – as I was going through some papers, I ran across a pretty cool thing.  It was a letter she passed on with a few words of advice that a favorite teacher from Elementary school had given me.  Her name was Mrs. Cummings and from the time I met her in 5th grade until I moved from Cincinnati to go to college, she was very much a part of my life.  Unfortunately we lost touch shortly after I left.  However she has always remained in my heart as one of the teachers that really encouraged and inspired me to push harder and constantly try to achieve my goals.  She is one reason I am where I am today.  Below is the letter that she shared with me so many years ago.

“Many years ago I received a copy of a letter sent to all employees from the general superintendant of a department store in Cincinnati.  I have kept the letter because of its meaning.  Think about the advice given in the following set of quotes:

‘There are two days in every week about which we should not worry.  Two days which should be kept free from all fear and apprehension.

One of these days is YESTERDAY –  with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.  YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.

All of the riches in the whole wide world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.  We cannot erase a single bitter word we uttered.  YESTERDAY is done!

The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW – with its possible adversities, its burdens, its great promises and its deep sorrows.  TOMORROW is also beyond our ability to control.

TOMORROW’S sun will rise, either in splendor or behhind a mask of dark clouds – but it WILL rise.  Until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day – TODAY.  And of us can fight the battles of just one day.  It s only when you and I fight the battles and burdens of those two awful eternities – YESTERDAY and TOMORROW – that we break down.

It is not the experiences of TODAY that drive men mad – it is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened YESTERDAY and the fearful dread of what TOMORROW might bring.

THEREFORE, live one day at a time.’

So with those words said, I must say that it’s time to move on and figure out what we are going to do next… what are we going to do today, to live, to work, to survive in this economy and this United States of America?   The bottom line is that Barack Obama has been elected to be our next president and many of us do not like that fact.  However we still live in one of the greatest countires.  There is nothing we can do about yesterday.  There is plenty we can do TODAY so that our TOMORROWS are bright and sunny… so that we have a secure future.

We may have to work harder and pray harder to get there….and I believe in a God who turns everything into good and I have to believe that things are going to be OK.

God Bless and LIVE A FULL DAY!

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