I first read Scroll V of the Greatest Salesman in the World two years ago. Now, as then, it still profoundly strikes me. I have grown in my awareness and ability to “be in the present moment” but I yearn to embrace it more fully. The past I leave fairly well behind me. My tendency (perhaps influenced by being a White in the ColorCode) is to be too concerned over future conditions or events.
“I will live this day as if it is my last.”
Too many of us live in regret of the past, or anxiety over the future, or both. This totally misses where life is and has always been lived – right now! In the present moment!
“This day is all I have and these hours are my eternity.”
Think about that for a moment. What is eternity other than an infinite existence of present moments? What is Scroll V telling me? That, in fact, this day is my last. And it is also my first. This day is all we ever really have. It is the day of my life. The hours of my eternity.
What then shall I do with the gift of this present moment? The Scroll provides insightful questions to help answer. Indeed, questions are the answer.
“I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel?”
If I’m to live this as if it is my last, what would the person I intend to become do next?