July 27, 2015
A quotation sometimes attributed to Dale Carnegie is “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” Hearing it often produces a chuckle or grin, but if we replace the words “worried about” with “created” it takes on a whole new meaning.
When we reflect on how we got into today’s messes or triumphs, we can see the dots of our yesterdays getting connected. Connecting the dots of triumph is much more fun than connecting those of messes, of course, but in either case, the important piece is to reflect on and value the dots and the lines connecting them.
Because reflection is a dot, too.
Making it a point to see, understand and admit where we went right or wrong in our yesterdays is an important step we can take today to invite the tomorrow we desire. Part of that step can be offering apologies or gratitude to another or ourselves. Maybe the gratitude is overdue another because we were cavalier, dismissing a hand-up or guidance without saying “thank you” out loud. Maybe the apology is to ourselves because we ignored our intuition or better judgment and now we’re in a jam.
The dots we reflect on today were created yesterday. Those of tomorrow are being created today. Respecting the lines in between can help us create better dots.