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Tiny Wisdom: On the Illusion of Tomorrow

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Gandhi

If only tomorrow were here.

You’d have that promotion you feel you’ve earned. Your bank account would have an extra zero or two. You’d be finished with the improvements on your house, and ready for new ones to make it even more comfortable.

Your kids would be in that school you can’t yet afford. Closer to graduation. Closer to adulthood. Closer to leaving your home.

You could plan that vacation you’ve wanted to take. And take it. And come back. And want for another.

If only tomorrow were here.

You’d be one day too late to enjoy today’s sunset.

Twenty-four hours too late to savor today’s lunch, today’s cool breeze, today’s little lessons.

One night too late to tell someone you love them—someone who could move, or change, or even fade away.

Smack dab in the middle of another today, when everything is still imperfect. And yet still so beautiful.

Tomorrow will come, and tomorrow will go. Take a deep breath and enjoy right now. This is what is real.

*This is an updated version of a post from September, 2009. Photo by lostintheredwoods.

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal and other books and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and redefine yourself. An avid film lover, she recently finished writing her first feature screenplay and would appreciate advice from anyone in the industry to help get this made. You can reach her at email (at) tinybuddha.com.

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