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Before Today Becomes Tomorrow
In this episode, we’re talking about a snippet of a Bon Jovi song, “before today becomes tomorrow.”
Welcome back to the Positivity Powerhouse podcast. I’m Kriss, I’ll be your Positivity Powerhouse today, well, and every day.
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So, today we’re talking about a snippet of a Bon Jovi song, “before today becomes tomorrow.”
And I don’t really know why it reached out and smacked me upside the head, but it really reached out and smacked me upside the head!
When I was doing a content exercise that I do, when I’m stuck on trying to find things to write about, where I listen to my Spotify playlist, or I’ll watch a TV episode, or I’ll read a book for twenty minutes, and just jot down any ideas that come to me, no matter how crazy, how ridiculous, how stupid, how silly they may sound, because you never know what can turn into something.
And, my goal is to come up with twenty content ideas in twenty minutes!
And, I’ve never failed at that. It’s normall 25 to 30, but the minimum I’ve ever managed to do was 21. That’s the minimum. I’m really good at this game.
So, listening to Spotify, this song came up on my playlist. It’s – what’s the title of the song? I don’t know that I wrote down the title of the song!
Which, I really should have, but it’s on the 2016 album “This House Is Not For Sale.”
Um, what is it? “Tears on my Guitar,” “Tears on this Guitar.”
“Tears on my Guitar,” I think that’s the name of the song, ‘cause he’s talking about, you know, all the time he’s spent with his guitar and about how it’s always been there for him, things of that nature.
[Note: It’s actually “Scars on This Guitar.”]
The verse goes like this:
“Morning like a freight train,
Last night still ringing in my head.
Before today becomes tomorrow,
Tonight, I know, I’ll do it all again.”
And just that “before today becomes tomorrow” really just smacked me upside the head!
And the impact on the Triple M’s: the mod, the mindset, the motivation. The Triple M’s.
It makes me feel determined, and tenacious, and resolute, and indefatigable, and kind of hell-or-high-water-ish.
Which isn’t really a word, but we’re going to stick -ish on the end and go with it, ‘cause I’m a writer, so I can make up words whenever I want.
You know, before today becomes tomorrow, I’m going to do blabbity blah.
I’m going to finish yada yada.
I’m going to reach out to so and so.
I’m going to accomplish this thing. I’m going to finish that project.
I’m going to do this and do that and do the other thing, and do it all with a smile on my face.
I’m going to dance like Fred Astair, but I’m gonna be Ginger Rogers, do it backwards in high heels, because that’s what she did, and she was awesomer than he was.
Let me tell you, I will rant about that!
The mindset, when I’m not motivated, and I’m often not motivated, you all know I have some health issues. Y’all probably know I have a lot of health issues.
But I try to, like, downplay it a little bit, say, “Yeah, I’ve got some health issues, just, you know, things like I can’t breathe, or walk, or you know, my heart beats weird, or I fall over a lot, and yeah. Stuff like that. Just, you know, little things.
Little, minor, minor details.”
So, the mindset part of being determined, and tenacious, and resolute, and indefatigable, and hell-or-high-water-ish leads me to a sticker on the wall, a sticky note on the wall (I don’t know where it is, it’s around here somewhere) that says, “When I’m not motivated, I’m committed.”
I’ve made the committment to do this, so I am going to do it, whether I freaking feel like it or not, and probably 90% of the time I don’t freaking feel like doing it!
I wanna lay in bed with my pig, put my pink flamingo light on, and watch Netflix forever and ever and ever.
But only shows that I’ve watched before at least three or four times, so that I don’t really have to pay attention to what’s going on, because I already know.
Like, I’ve watched Star Trek: The Next Generation probably a dozen times in the last three years.
I know every episode. I know what’s happening, I know what the subplot is, the second storyline. I know how many “make it so’s” are in each episode.
I know the stuff.
But that’s all I wanna watch so that I don’t have to try and think too hard, because I know what’s going to happen.
I don’t have to concentrate too hard so I can let my mind wander off to wherever it’s gonna go and just let it happen.
That’s what I wanna do most of the time, but when I’m not motivated. I’m committed.
I am stalwart
I am gladiartoral
Lord, I write these words down in my notes, and I can’t freaking pronounce them, and here we are!
I am gladiator-like. There we go.
Or, I’ll take a line from Scandal, which I’m currently binge-watching for about the ninth time, “I’m gladiator in a suit.” Well, in a t-shirt. I’m a gladiator in a t-shirt.
There we go!
Um, other sticky notes on the walls say, one says, “Din! Din! Din!”
That’s Delta, Indigo, November, I think.
D-I-N, like the loud noise! The Din.
But, it stands for “do it now!” The sticky note says “din din din: do it now, do it now, do it now!”
Because, in the direct sales company I used to be affiliated with, (I miss them, I miss them, they were wonderful, but my health made it ridiculously difficult to do that) there was this song from, like, back when the company first started, like sixty years ago, that said, “I’m a member of the Din Din club. Do it now! Do it now! Do it now! Yay!”
So, do it now.
Another sticky note says, “TNT, TNT, TNT.”
That’s Tango, November, Tango.
Like dyamite, like TNT dynamite.
Um, “Today not tomorrow.”
Do the thing today so that you don’t have to do the thing tomorrow.
Motivated – I’m not motivated, I’m committed, today not tomorrow.
And, third one says, “PNP” and now I have to think what P is in the phonetic alphabet.
Um, Polyana, Pedro, Purse, Pennsylvania, I don’t know! We’ll go with Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania, November, Pennsylvania.
[Note: It’s Papa. Papa November Papa.]
“Progress, not perfection.”
Because it has to be flawless- it doesn’t have to be flawless, it has to be finished.
When I’m not motivated, I’m committed. It doesn’t have to be flawless, it has to be finished.
Do it now!
Do it now!
Do it now!
Now, when it comes to the motivation, that’s where we get to the commitment part.
Before today becomes tomorrow, yesterday’s gone.
Tomorrow isn’t promised!
All you have is right now.
And right now. And right now!
And right now.
And you get the idea.
All of you have is right now. You could die of a heart attack like that [snaps].
You could get hit by a bus, you could get hit by a meteorite.
You could get eaten by a shark. I don’t know.
You could get COVID-19 and be one of the unlucky ones.
You could have a stroke.
Young people have strokes.
They thought I had one about five years ago. Turned out to be – six years ago – turned out to be a mental health thing.
But, it was all the symptoms of having had a stroke, including things like – you know how you’re in the hospital, and everybody comes into the room and says, “Can you tell me your name and date of birth?”
And all I could say was, “No,” because I couldn’t find my name and date of birth to tell them. I knew that I knew it, I just couldn’t find it to tell them.
I still, from time to time, will lose words and have to, like, describe around it to try and make sense.
I have talked about feet hats more times than I care to think about when I couldn’t remember the word “socks.”
They were feet hats because I couldn’t find the word.
Anything can happen. Anything could happen at any time. And I’m not trying to scare you or anything (well, maybe a tiny bit, just to get you motivated, or if you’re not motivated, committed to living your life).
That’s what this is all about.
It’s about living your life.
It’s about making your right now the best right now that you possibly can.
Because who wouldn’t want that?
If you knew that you were gonna die tomorrow, what would you do today?
If you knew you only had a week left to live, what would you do?
If you had a month, six months, a year, what would you do? How would you spend your time?
Is that how you’re spending your time right now?
Why the hell not?
I mean, I know that you have to pay the bills, and have to go grocery shopping, and fight over the last pack of toilet paper, I know. It’s OK.
But, outside of that, say you always wanted to be a writer: write! For the love of God, write!
Say you always wanted to be a musician: then for Pete’s sake, BE ONE!
Go! Live your best right now!
Me, I love my work so much, my writing and my coaching businesses. I love them so much! I work seven days a week because I don’t know when my health is gonna crop up and go “Nope! No more work for you today! Or tomorrow, or the rest of the week Or for the rest of the month! You’re gonna be hospitalized for three weeks with double pneumonia because we can! HAHAHAHAHA!”
That’s what my body does to me sometimes. That’s why I work seven days a week, because I don’t know when that’s going to crop up, and I wanna wring the joy out of life.
I wanna wring every iota of awesome out of life that I possibly can!
Thoreau wrote that he wanted to live deep and suck out the marrow of life, and that’s what I wanna do before today becomes tomorrow.
What you do with your right now speaks volumes about your “who.”
Who are you? What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Why are you not doing what you want to be doing?
Get your start on it before today becomes tomorrow.
We’ll catch you next time.
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