This is a practice that will transform your performance. Dale Carnegie in his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” shared the lesson about living in day tight compartments. Here are my thoughts on that lesson. None of us are in control. When you accept that fact, it banishes fear and produces freedom. Any day can bring a number of circumstances and situations, mostly (if not completely) out of your control. I rest in the fact that my heavenly Father, the sovereign Creator and Ruler of this universe, is in total control. That means that my worry and anxiety about the future is pointless and counterproductive. He’s in control, and I am not. This teaches me that I can only respond and act in the present moment. The past cannot be changed. It is best to leave the past in the past. It is counterproductive to carry this mental baggage that I can choose to drop. The future is also just imagined. It is only a perception that exists between my ears. It is unknown. My story about the future can either help me live well today or create discouragement and overwhelm. Coach Steve Chandler says that worry is a misuse of the imagination. You can choose your thoughts about the future. It makes sense to plan, but once you have taken reasonable action to prepare, it’s time to get back into the present moment and live life. The best use of your creative mind is to solve today’s problems, not conjure worries and fears about the future, or dwell on past regrets. Life occurs today, in the present. Now is all that you truly have. Don’t let the regrets of the past and the anxieties of the future steal the gift of this present moment. My friend, I encourage you to live fully – TODAY – right now. Begin with gratitude for this particular, unique day. Life is precious. And when you lay down your head this evening to sleep, end this precious day with gratitude. If you awaken the next morning, then God has granted you a brand-new day. Start each day with a clean slate and curiosity and excitement about what that day will bring.
One day at a time. Day tight compartments. This is where you find peace and joy and contentment.