Document what’s important to you today. Don’t wait until tomorrow.
By tomorrow, today’s important thoughts or events will lose their shine. They’ll start to feel lackluster or mundane or pithy. You’ll question yourself for wanting to remember such meaningless stuff, you’ll rationalize them away as inconsequential. Then, more immediate or “important” things will edge today’s things out.
Today, though, those things still matter. Catch them while they do.
- The way your daughter ran to greet you when you got home from work.
- The fear you have that you’ll screw up teaching your son to be a good man because you’re still figuring out how to be one yourself.
- The joy you feel when that same son kicks your fingers through your wife’s pregnant belly.
- The surprised delight that your wife beams at you when you look at just the moment of that kick, the one that gives you complete confidence (if only for a split second) you’ll do just fine.
Write all these things down while they’re fresh and fierce in your mind. Be fervent about it. No one else can be, not even you; if you wait until tomorrow, you won’t be feeling what you’re feeling right now.
Chances are, the things that matter to you right now will still matter to you when you revisit them later.
Because the things that matter don’t change, even if the reason they matter does.