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What’s in a day

Jan 30, 2012

I am writing this to talk about a day. One day. Today, tomorrow, next thursday, March 11th and December 6th.

Any day, not yesterday, The day now and the day coming up. It’s really amazing. What happens in a day. Your day.

Today, 378,000 iPhones will be sold and 371,000 babies will be born. Today, 21,000 children will die and 121 (in the US) people will die in a car accident. In the next 24 hours there will 115,000 marriages and about 50,000 divorces filed. On this day 1500 people will die of cancer in the US alone and over 38 million dollars is spent on coffee which is more than five times what is spent on researching cures for disease.

Lots happens every day. Today someone will come home and find out they are dying at the same second another will find out they are pregnant. There are some today that will meet someone that will change their loves forever and some you will say goodbye to for the last time.

Today you will make a choice to act or a choice to wait. Those choices will have good and bad effects on your future. This day may be the first of many or the beginning of the end.

How do you spend a day? Do you watch TV or do you read a book? Do you kiss someone goodnight or do you tell someone off and slam the door? Will you spend time with your children, ask about their day and share yours or will you put them to bed during a commercial break? Today may be a first or it may be a last. It could be something you create or something you let go of.

Each day however is a gift. It’s also for some a curse. One more day with pain or anguish. A day wondering if a child will live or die. Today someone will propose and someone will disappear. Today is amazing. Today is terrifying.

What it should never be though is taken for granted. Nor should the people in it. May the ripple you create today wash over those in your life like a warm current. May you take a moment and stop. Breathe to yourself and say thank you. This is your chance to be amazed and be amazing. To play, to run, to walk, to help, to cry, to embrace, to lead, to learn, to change, to sit or to stand.

On this day, live. Fully. Completely. With passion, forgiveness, care and carefree abandonment. Be the you that you can be. Thank who you should thanked and say sorry to who you need to. Apologize, forgive, hold and be. Here. Now.

Death is right there. So is the beginning of Life… on this day.

Posted by Stu Saunders in Learning and Growing Motivation on Jan 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permanent Link | Comments (4)


  • Comment posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm by Holly Talaska (YLCC Guest)

    Great blog Stu! I love the message of never taking a single day for granted! Really makes you stop and think about all the things in out busy lives that we do take for granted! I think I will journal about that!
    Thanks a lot smile

  • Comment posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm by AnnMarie (YLCC Member)

    Today I needed to take a break.  The 5:00 pm disasters shouldn’t take as much out of me as they have lately.  The deadlines shouldn’t anger me as much as they do lately.  I shouldn’t be so hard on myself as I have been lately.  So today, I am taking a classic approach to the attitude I’d like to have.

    I’m writing this comment on a calm and soothing cafe.  Chai to my left, outlet to my right.  I can rebuild my attitude right here.  The work day is over, but my DAY isn’t over. 

    Thanks Stu,


  • Comment posted on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm by Angela (YLCC Member)

    Best blog you have ever written

  • Comment posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 8:22 am by Hilary Swan (YLCC Member)

    This may be my favourite blog of yours. Love the message behind it. Its a great wake up call to start embracing each minute of the day! Thanks for the inspiration.

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