|Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara|
I read Gone with the Wind when I was 10 or 11. No, I didn’t get much out of it – but I understood that Scarlett O’Hara’s expectation that “tomorrow’s another day” to right wrongs and enjoy happy endings was a rosy antidote when I was stuck with a day that’s gray and lonely.
Tomorrow though is not always a golden inevitability.
What I do with today has consequences. Procrastination for whatever reasons is as dodgy a default mode as worrying about what tomorrow holds. Mental, physical and emotional health are gifts, not rights. So, too, are friendships and family relationships.
Scarlett’s impulse to go back to her source of strength, Tara, to think about how to get Rhett back had merit. So did making a vow never to be hungry again. Taking a deep breath, and putting our desires into plain words we can understand and follow are first steps to working out conflict, finding happiness and preserving our health. What we plan for our future selves – a.k.a. resolutions – is a familiar theme for January:
I want to do things that make me feel better and that don't make me feel worse later . . .
When I think about feeling better in ways that don't make me feel worse and the idea of investing in my future self, I feel like I can make better choices today. (A Little Bit of Advice for Your Future Self)
But tomorrow isn’t just about creating a healthier, happier me. Nor, was self the focus of the woman upon Scarlett’s life may have been based. (Meet the Real Scarlett O'Hara)
The husband of a woman battling cancer asked some questions, the answers to which refine the daily understanding of making the most of the twenty-four I’ve been granted:
How can you see your ordinary time today as something that will shape someone's future? How has God used other people to shape who you are? Do you intentionally think on the legacy you are leaving behind [?] What would people say about you as they sit by a fire? (What is Your Legacy?)
· Someday is not a day of the week.
· Procrastination is opportunity's assassin. ~Victor Kiam
· Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. ~Spanish Proverb