What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word TODAY?

For me most days, today is an oasis.  Really, you might ask, an oasis?  Two definitions of oasis are:
– a pleasant place that is surrounded by something unpleasant
– a time or experience that is pleasant and restful

Tomorrow can be an unpleasant place…full of uncertainty, worry, the unknown.  So can yesterday…words we wish we could unsay, behavior we could undo, things left undone, regrets etc.  But today, today is the here and now…we start the day fresh…it’s full of opportunity and new beginnings…to be really sappy, it’s the first day of the rest of your life.

But here’s the other thing about TODAY…we only get ONE today.  And even this morning there is no guarantee that you’ll make it to the end of TODAY…that’s what makes it so precious, so important to stay focused on what’s really important.

But that there raises a good question…what really is important TODAY?

I suspect it is different for everyone…depends on your season of life and other circumstances.

For me…

  • It’s about pray and surrender…seeking God and letting Him sanctify my heart, thoughts and desires. Living for Him…
  • It’s about loving my husband and appreciating his leadership of our family.
  • It’s about loving my two teenagers – hugs, kisses, and conversation even when they pretend to hate it.
  • It’s about relationships over being right…learning to be gentle, meek, and humble.
  • It’s about really listening to someone
  • It’s about smelling the flowers and getting out of my head to appreciate the fresh (albeit pollen filled) spring air.
  • It’s about paying it forward
  • It’s about 10,000 steps (okay, so I’m a little obsessive)

You get the point…it’s all about what’s happening TODAY…don’t fritter away the gifts, the moments, the opportunities to live fully TODAY. Don’t waste time worrying…don’t waste time period.  Embrace the day!

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.