Today Is Not Over Yet

It was a glum, soggy, heart-sagging kind of Saturday.

I slept in till noon — and would have slept longer if my boyfriend hadn’t rustled me awake.

After a long, tedious drive home through the rain, I was completely exhausted.

I looked at my clock. Nearly 3pm.

“Day’s practically over,” I thought to myself.

My bed was looking pretty damn good. An afternoon nap… a Netflix marathon… maybe a pizza delivery for dinner. Sure. Why not.

“It’s not like I’m going to accomplish anything today, at this point,” I thought, shambling my way over to bed. “Might as well just flop.”

But then, quite suddenly and dramatically — as if one of my brain lobes spontaneously decided to channel the spirit of Tony Robbins — I heard five words in my mind:

Today is not over yet.

I glanced at my bed one more time. Heard it again.

Today is not over yet.

“OK,” I thought. “New plan.”

This is what happened:

I hauled myself to yoga. Arrived early (for the first time… maybe ever). Had a beautiful conversation with my teacher. Smiled. Laughed. Finished class. Decided to ring up the local community wellness center. Could they slide me in for a massage? Miraculously: they could. Got the best massage of my life. Soaked in a jacuzzi by starlight — with raindrops splashing on my face. Went home. Discovered a new public radio program. Made a nourishing dinner. Wrote letters to friends. Wrote a blog post. Wrote another one. Had a brilliant idea for my upcoming course. Wrote it down.

The soggiest, laziest, most forgettable day of my week became the most beautiful, enriching and memorable day of my month.

It turned on a dime — in one split-second decision — with a simple statement of fact:

Today is not over yet.

So you overslept and missed your morning run?

Today is not over yet.

So you had a diet Coke, two cigarettes and four donuts for lunch?

Today is not over yet.

So you frittered away your time on Facebook, spent mindless hours loitering in your inbox, and procrastinated with smartphone games instead of working on your novel?

Today is not over yet.

If your heart is beating, if your lungs are breathing, if you are still alive… then it is not too late to do something kind, creative, generous, satisfying, and courageous. Today.

It is not too late to behave like the person you want to be — instead of continuing in a cycle of behavior that you will regret.

You might feel sleepy. It might be tough. It could seem preferable to just sit this one out.

But…

Today is not over yet.

Alexandra Franzen

When it comes to being a better writer — and a better human being — Alexandra Franzen has a ten-word philosophy: Start with love. Keep it simple. You are not confused. Alexandra’s refreshingly simple communication tips have been featured on Fast Company, Forbes, The Daily Love, The Daily Muse, MediaBistro, MindBodyGreen and The Huffington Post — and on radio programs from coast to coast. Learn more at www.alexandrafranzen.com.

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