I am sitting on a plane in route home from St. Croix in a terrible storm. I had the most enjoyable vacation, yet I am crying uncontrollably. I am sure the person next to me thinks I must have lost my best friend. But actually, what I realize is I AM HERE TODAY. Let me explain.
The tears are a result of sitting still for a few hours, which I rarely do (I really didn’t have a choice. Thanks Delta). I just finished watching the movie, “Here Today” with Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. To my surprise, the movie was not just funny but inspiring. I won’t spoil the plot but highly recommend you watch it. What I can say is you are HERE TODAY.
As I reflect on our current state, we are in the middle of a pandemic, Delta variant on the rise, earthquake in Haiti, war in Afghanistan, just to mention a few headlines from the morning news. We are HERE TODAY. And now I am questioning what if today was my last day? Are there things I wanted to do but haven’t? Why didn’t I find time to take my grandsons to the beach? Why didn’t I wake up to watch the sunrise? Or why didn’t I kiss my husband last night before we went to sleep? Or kiss him when we woke up? Or call my parents just to say I love you? Why didn’t I personally call the women God told me to reach out to about the conference? Why didn’t I install the pool? Why didn’t I work a little harder on my own business? Why?? Why not?? I am HERE TODAY.
Or what if the tables were reversed and there is someone who isn’t HERE today that you thought would be. The person that you said “Oh, I’ll call them tomorrow, or when I have time” died last night from Covid. Or the person that you haven’t spoken to in years died in a car accident. And today isn’t a good day? I know these are some drastic examples but it’s reality for so many. We don’t know when today will be our last day. What we do know is they are HERE today and you my friend are too!
Think about your last words and actions with the people you care about the most. Was it good? Could it have been better? Is there something you wish you would have done differently? What if you didn’t get the chance to say, “I forgive you,” “I’m sorry,” or “I love you.” How would you feel? Why is it so easy to waste time thinking you will be HERE TODAY? It’s quite selfish to waste such a precious gift.
James 4:13-15 reads, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
You are HERE TODAY!! It’s a great day to make that call. Start your business. Buy the car. Buy the house. Use the gym membership that you purchased in January. Lose the weight. Start your family. Go to the doctor. Eat the cake and pie. Write the book. Open the store. Book the trip. Take the day off. Go to the beach😷. Or maybe there are some things that are preventing you from truly being HERE TODAY. Quit the job. Leave the abusive partner. Stop smoking. Stop drinking. End the toxic relationship. Forgive yourself. Forgive them. Let go. Live. Love. Laugh.
Whatever it is just do it!
I challenge you to be HERE TODAY. Live every day like it’s your last. It just might be. ⏰
Let’s talk about our experiences and take the world by storm by being our true unapologetic selves. Meet me in Charleston on 10/23 for the I AM UNAPOLOGETICALLY ME! THE EXPERIENCE.