I was saddened recently to hear about the death of a former classmate. Sad, because I am the same age. Sad, because I’d had no contact with her since high school. Sad, because I realized I didn’t know her. Sad, because life is seems all too short these days.

These sentiments caused me to reflect on how the years have passed – accomplishments, disappointments, special people I have met…. The list goes on. But as I reflected further, I wondered if I knew “then” what I know now, would I have done better? Would I have tried to know her better? Would I have kept in touch? Would I have made much more of opportunities that crossed my path? Would I have chosen a different career? Would I have grown in different ways? Would my life have been fuller and richer?

I guess I can only speculate…and focus on today…for today is all I have, all I have ever had. There are no promises for tomorrow. I must live each day to the best of my ability. If I see a way to live my life in a better way, I must do it. I have only NOW to make a difference for the rest of my life. Regardless of past decisions, choices, relationships, career, it is my obligation to build upon all I have learned and to use it to make the world a better place. I must begin today for today is all I have.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.