The license plate frame on the car in front of me at the drive thru read, “Enjoy Life” at the top while at the bottom it read, “This is not a rehearsal.” How simple, yet profound. It reminds me of a song by Savoy Brown, “Life’s One Act Play.” When it is done there are no do overs. How we choose to live, and what we focus on each day determines the type of day we will have and the life we live.
What is the purpose of life if it is not to enjoy what we have been given at the end of the day? You have the gift of life, the blessing of family and friends, and and most of your needs met, so why not be thankful. Yet so many people seem to focus on the negative aspects of life causing them to lose sight on how much they have. For them, is the glass of life half-empty or half-full?
Do you look at life from a positive viewpoint or a negative one? Your perspective determines so much of what will happen to you today.
Enjoying life is a choice. It is not simply a reaction when something positive happens. Stop and think for a moment, “Are you enjoying your life, or do you only get enjoyment from life if something good happens to you?” Enjoying life is a state of being. Enjoyment is not based solely on what happens to you, although it can be a part of it.
The thought that life is not a dress rehearsal should remind you that at the end of the day, whatever you did, it is a finished product. To improve how you live your life you have got to pay attention to the details of how you think, react and behave today. There are no do overs. Tomorrow will be a new day with new challenges and opportunities. Tomorrow you will get another chance to decide how you want your life to go.
Every person has the ability and power to take control of their life and change direction if you are not happy where you are at. You are capable of making the changes you need to make to overcome all of the issues facing you. If you see you are not where you want to be, now is the perfect time to make changes.
Every day you wake up you can choose to focus on the positive, keeping a positive attitude, thinking differently rejecting anything negative. Confront the day’s difficulties with confidence and determination to overcome whatever comes your way. Realize a problem is something that needs to be resolved, not to be stressed-out over. Then at the end your day will be feelings of satisfaction and contentment because you are in control and moving forward.
Life is not a rehearsal for what is ahead. You get to choose how you want to live today. Make wise choices and enjoy your life.