I may never see tomorrow, there is no written guarantee.
And things that happened yesterday belong to history.
I cannot predict the future and I cannot change the past.
I have just the present moment; I must treat it as my last.
I must use this moment wisely for it soon will pass away
and be lost to me forever as a part of yesterday.
I must exercise compassion, help the fallen to their feet,
be a friend unto the friendless, make an empty life complete.
I must make this moment precious for it will not come again.
And I can never be content with things that might have been.
Kind words I fail to say this day may ever be unsaid,
for I know not how short may be the path that lies ahead.
The unkind things I do today may never be undone,
and friendships that I fail to win may nevermore be won.
I may not have another chance on bended knee to pray,
and thank God with humble heart for giving me this day.
I may never see tomorrow, but this moment is my own.
It's mine to use or cast aside; the choice is mine, alone.
I have just this precious moment in the sunlight of today.
Where the dawning of tomorrow meets the dusk of yesterday.
Copyright © February 5, 1997