Do You Make Every Day Count?

My Dad always told me to live each day as if it were my last, and as a child the specter of oneís last day always seemed like a remote possibility. But with maturity and experience comes the realization that itís not just about oneís last day, but also the lost chances and opportunities in life that should also be seen through a lens of hope and caring. So as you go about your daily chores itís always best to do all you can to make every day count.

Be positive and upbeat: We all can find the glass that is half empty, but why bother? Every day presents us with so many glasses that are half full and you should spend all of your time trying to fill them all the way up. Think how much you can help others by showing them how and when and why they can help others today.

Be an inspiration: Live your life as an example to others. We all observe those around us and try to mimic the good things we see, so remember that when on your journey. Itís so much better to do the kinds of things that inspire others to be better and to leave that as your legacy.

Tell others you care about them: All too often we just assume that others know how we feel about them, but are you sure they know? Thereís no harm in telling them as often as you can how you feel Ė it never gets old. And if by chance you never get another chance youíll be happy that you did.

Find the harmonies in your life: The best things in life are those that complement each other and you should never miss an opportunity to share in them….Finish reading at

Arte Nathan served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn’s gaming companies from 1983 – 2006 and†currently teaches, writes and consults.

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson4 years ago

Some days it is all I can do to make it through the day with minimum activity and drag myself off to be.

Mary B.
Mary B5 years ago

Personally, I'd rather live everyday as if it's brand new and full of possibility, Living like every day might be your last feels too stressful and like I'd need to be closing up a lot of loose ends. No thanks. Some of those 'old sayings' that people just accept as wise, are really just regrets at spending your time doing things you didn't really want to do.

Genoveva M M.
Genoveva M M5 years ago


Gysele van Santen

no, i probably should, but i don't. i used to. things have changed, so i've had to adapt.

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

I try but it's a hell of a lot harder than it seems or sounds, trust me.

Kamia T.
Kamia T5 years ago

I think that if you get up every day and find yourself spending more than 50% in activities that make you cringe or you hate, it's time to re-think what you're doing. Having missed death barely several times, I can tell you that you don't always have tomorrow, so if something is important to you start it today!

Jessica K.
Jessica K5 years ago

Like Cristina F, I don't exactly agree with living each day as if it's my last. If I knew it was, I don't think I'd spend it going bananas trying to file my taxes and stand in line at the post office for a signed receipt. That being said, I may actually die this day. So it's best to live as though one has limited time, yet has to live on the planet with others. I do agree that kindness should be part of that prescription, and a worthy goal. Thanks.

Deborah W.
Deborah W5 years ago

Maybe it's time to start rethinking all those important things we're going to do "someday", now on the back burner of our bucket list. Since we don't come with a visible expiration date, think maybe it's time to find time, don't you?

Janis K.
Janis K5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.