Look To This Day … my favorite poem
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
– ancient Sanskrit poem –
This is my favorite poem about life and why to live it fully and well each day. Click image on the right for a magnificent large-sized view of the dawn of a new day.
Enjoy the day, the here and now! Our life is actually a sequence of “here”s and “now”s. It’s like a journey where the trip is actually more important than specific destinations, which eventually slip away into the past.
* The original source is generally attributed to Kalidasa, an Indian Sanskrit playwright and poet active during the 4th-5th Century AD. His work was based on Hindu philosophy.
* Several variations of the English translation can be found around the web. The original Sanskrit poem has not been found so selecting the closest English version is not possible. Personally, I like the style and content of this variation best.
* Some versions include the phrase “salutation of the dawn” or “salutation to the ever-new dawn” which suggests an excellent way to use this wise and beautiful poetry.