“Excuse me! Could you please tell me what is the most important day in our lives? It is the day we were born or the day we die? Is it the day we fall in love or the day our career takes off?” The young man asked.
“None. The most important day in our lives is today.” The sage replied calmly without the least hesitation.
“Why?” The young man felt more than surprised. “Is it because there is some sensational event taking place today?”
“Nope. Nothing has happened today.”
“So is it because of our visit?”
“Even if nobody visited me today, today is still very important because today is the only wealth we possess. No matter how memorable yesterday is, it has gone by like a ship sinking into the sea; no matter how brilliant tomorrow may be, it is yet to come; but no matter how plain and tedious today is, it is at the mercy of our hands.”
The young man still wanted to ask something, while the sage stopped him and said, “When we are talking about the significance of today, we have wasted a lot of it. That is to say, our “today” has decreased a lot.”
Enlightened, the young man nodded and then went down the mountain.
Actually today is the only capital and opportunity we possess. Therefore, what we should do now is to forget yesterday and tomorrow and grasp fast today!
(原文: 选自<<小故事网>> 译者: 爱尔兰都柏林大学 赖小琪)