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Is it better to live for tomorrow?

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SunBowAsked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's no life at all.
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r97s3KJ_kHI&list=RD3cELsUMcQdc&index=3


Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
'Ere I forget all the joy that is mine today

I'll be your dandy and I'll be a rover
You'll know who I am by the song that I sing
I'll feast at your table, I'll sleep in your clover
Who cares what the 'morrow shall bring

Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine

I can't be contented with yesterday's glory
I can't live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment and now is my story
I laugh and I'll cry and I sing

Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
'Ere I forget all the joy that is mine today

Americana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cELsUMcQdc
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Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no one.
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
aka: Tomorrow never comes

When I think of all the worries
That people seem to find
And how they're in a hurry
To complicate their minds
By chasing after money
And dreams that can't come true
I'm glad that we are different
We've better things to do
May others plan their future
I'm busy loving you
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grok
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
you can't change the past & you can't know the future!
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dhsindyRetired considering supplemental income.Commented:
Regret your past mistakes - live in the present - plan for the future.
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tliottaCommented:
You can't change the past.

But you can change the implications of the past.

Regardless, the topic reminds me of thoughts I had sometime after getting my first VCR back in the late '70s. (They're still in mind today with a DVR.) I often had to choose which program to watch and which to record. 'watch' might be to 'today' as 'record' would be to 'tomorrow'.

Often, the decision would be settled by determining which one I wanted most. If interesting enough, I'd possibly want to rewind and review. Or perhaps I'd want to save it to watch multiple times.

The problem eventually became my growing library of things that I'd watch "when I have time". The troubling part was that I was regularly choosing to watch what I thought was second-best. Even now, my DVR is more than full. I added an external HDD a few months ago to move a bunch of stuff off, so the excess fullness is temporarily resolved. But I'm back towards the limit again in the physical DVR. It's not as bad as with a VCR since I can pause/reverse/etc. a current broadcast without a permanent recording. An hour-long program is always temporarily recorded no matter what. The chosen recordings, though, are still waiting for their particular 'tomorrows'.

OTOH, whenever a given 'tomorrow' does arrive, it's almost always quality time. Every once in a while, if I have a whole evening or afternoon when I really don't want to do anything else, I get to do some fine catching up. (Sometimes it's only average. The past few days I've been going through the new 'Cosmos'. Pretty good back stories from history, but it doesn't quite have the vision scope of the original. Worth watching as before-sleep entertainment.)

Back to the topic... It can depend on what tomorrow can bring and what can be missed today. I haven't had to go to work for a little over two years. At least one of the reasons that was possible was because I put a little extra time and effort into the prior few years. Thirty or forty years ago, I probably wouldn't have. I know that because I didn't. If I would have, I possibly could've started my hiatus sooner.

But there wasn't a lot of thought in earlier decades about 'tomorrow'. I've pretty much lived my life with "If you do what is right, things will turn out for the best." (Sometimes 'the best' isn't good; it's just better than it otherwise would be.)

Living like that relieves much consideration of 'tomorrow'. It will be what it will be, and it'll be as good as it should be if I do right 'today'.

So, most of my life has been in 'today'. About the only period where it wasn't was in the few years just before resigning from my last job. There were days then when I could've done other things, yet I chose not to, for the sake of some future 'tomorrows' that are now my current 'todays'.

Now, that doesn't mean I didn't understand that house payments should be ready to be sent 'tomorrow'. There are always things about 'tomorrow' that take up parts of 'today'. I went to the jobs that I had and did good work. I put effort and time into many 'todays' with my daughter for the sake of many 'tomorrows' for her. But there were no times that I recall that I turned away from something like time 'today' with my daughter because I had to work on a project to receive a potential future reward 'tomorrow', even with some nebulous idea that a raise or bonus or whatever would somehow benefit or ease future life.

In essence, it's always 'today'. All your todays can be spent doing what you think is second-best in order to possibly have something better tomorrow. That makes your life second-best.

Tom
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
I am sure to agree, that I have and will agree to responses above, TY all
[Abandoned (3 Days)]
Recusing self, I count as 5-0 in agreement(s)                    (in P&R?)
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
then again,
   record past, watch today, live later (after dreaming up plan)
this one now closed, moving on
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curtsy.    : )
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