“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”- Martin Luther King Jr.
Tomorrow never comes. All you ever have is today – this moment in time. You can’t go back and fix what happened a minute ago, much less a week ago. What you have to do is to live your life as though every moment is your last. It is too late for me to fix my relationships with those friends I have lost to the sands of time, but it’s not too late to work on my relationships now. That needs to be my focused. That means that I need to balance what I want and what others want from me.
The idea of balance is evident in the above quote. The stark imagery of the “bleached bones and jumbled residues” as well as the fluid imagery of life as a tide that ebbs and flows. There is both excess and want throughout our lives. The key is to balance the two and make sure the excess will last through the periods of want.
We always need to keep in the back of our minds that we never have a chance to go back and fix what has happened. We can’t take illness away; we can’t wish and make our finances better; we can’t waive a magic wand and fix all that is wrong in the world. All we can do is push forward, unless we want to be found left behind.