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Be Here Now

One of my favorite films is Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. There’s a scene* in SPR where Medic Irwin Wade (played by Giovanni Ribisi) reflects on his life in an old, bombed out church. He quietly grieves over the times he ignored his Mom who worked late nights:

“…Sometimes she’d come home early and I’d pretend to be asleep. She’d stand in the doorway looking at me and I’d just keep my eyes shut. I knew she just wanted to find out about my day, that she came home early just to talk to me… and I still wouldn’t move. I’d still pretend to just be asleep. I don’t know why I did that. “

The next day, Irwin Wade is killed in action and in his dying breathes cries out for his Mother.

I was thinking about this powerful scene in the context of  how we go through our day to day– our expectations of tomorrow and how we plan accordingly. How we put off the important things in favor of what we’re feeling at the moment and the regret that inevitably comes when we realize we short-changed ourselves and others for self-interests that ultimately don’t matter.

How often do we put off that kind word, that time spent with a loved or friend because we’re “running late” or have something else on our minds? How often do we rush out of a conversation with a friend, a brother, sister, parent or child? In the context of P90X, Insanity or any other attempt to make ourselves healthier– how many times have we put off leaping into action? Allowing ourselves to ignore what we SHOULD be doing in favor of something that makes no difference or drags us down the next day, the next week or even years down the road– sure we’ll make it up because after all…there’s always tomorrow.

Make Tomorrow TODAY

Here’s something to keep in mind: there is always a tomorrow but  there’s never another yesterday. That’s not to say “cry over spilled milk”– it’s to say visualize your goals and Be Here Now… TODAY. Don’t let sleep or spite or frustration shortchange the goals you’ve set for yourself. Don’t make a choice today that would leave a regret you’ll look back on and say, “I don’t know why I did that”.

We all have our regrets, but as far as your fitness is concerned, those days are over. You can now say, “I KNOW why I did that and I DID do that”. By applying yourself to maintaining your fitness and staying healthy for your family and friends, gaining the confidence to help them and be there for them now and in the future, you’re committing yourself to “Being Here Now”. Be here NOW with your program of choice so you can Be here NOW for those you love in the years ahead without looking back at a decision you planned on making but passed on.

Keep rockin’ it!

*The Irwin Wade scene begins at 5:40.  

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