It is often said by ‘those in the know’ that the past offered more opportunities, less stress and endless hours of enjoyment yet, honestly, was yesterday really better than today?
How we actually determine the answer to this question “Was yesterday really better than today?”, and I am not sure any response would hold up to a ‘scientific investigation’, is a matter of personal interpretation.
It is not unusual for us to cherry-pick particularly pleasant and enjoyable moments from our memories. We recall relatively easily those occasions we lived fully and achieved success in any area of life we wish to think about. Positive peak moments invariably push negative events into a secondary position.
In all probability, yesterday, as today, contained a variety of ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘neutral’ moments. Was yesterday really better than today? Most likely no. Past successes are remembered without recalling the effort required to achieve them and the many setbacks encountered prior to reaching them.
Today, on the other hand, is so present in our minds it is perhaps difficult to evaluate objectively the day without focusing on all the commitments and tasks still needing to be dealt with. Giving our all now, in any case, sets us up to look back tomorrow upon today with a sparkle in our eyes.
Let me close by asking again “Was yesterday really better than today?” To share your thoughts, please leave a comment below.
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