I Live This Day As If It Is My Last

I believe the message is to live each day as if it is your last day to accomplish your definite major purpose. This does appear to have a good motive behind it. Which I believe is to treat each day with the best that you have to give.

 If you get the best you have each day you will grow in what you accomplish towards your definite major purpose. Each day you will get a little better and the day that follows will get a little better. Scroll V seems to have this plan in place.

 What I find discourage is the method in which that aim is presented. If Mandino would have chosen to present the aim of the scroll in a more positive light, I would've enjoyed it more. Let me give you a few examples:

            ·       "yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more";
                     proceeding the above there were three negatives from
                     yesterday and no positive that leads me to believe that the
                     writer thinks only in negatives.

            ·       "Neither will I think of tomorrow." Here again Mandingo it
                      ignores the motivation that working for rewards you will
                      reap in the future can motivate you today.

              ·      "Should I torment myself with problems that may never
                      come to pass?" What about the joys that will come or does
                       he only see thing in negatives?

I would've preferred to see something more along these lines. Live today to its fullest in both business and social environments. Remember that the time you are spending now can never be replaced so don't waste it. Take from yesterday's all the good that has happened; as we do by reviewing our decks of cards. Use these good thoughts built upon your actions for today.

Used today build for tomorrow. Each day's rewards are compounded and collected tomorrow to help build that day. Think about it like a math problem: you get $0.02 today and you double today's amount and every preceding day's total. By the end of the month you will be a millionaire. Now do the same thing with your work and social endeavors and see where they take you.

I'm not against Madino's message in each scroll. I don't like style of his writing because I prefer to look at things from a positive image. Knowing the book was was first published in 1968 and probably written in the 1960s; I'm surprised at the style. The 60s was a decade of many advances and as us folks who were there like to think of it free love. It was also a time of social upheaval and an awakening of our social conscience.

Well I believe the message is great but the delivery leaves a lot to be desired. You might compare it to a job you take because of the good pay; but once there the job loses some of its appeal due to the type of work you have to do.

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  • February 21, 2015

    I understand what you’re saying; I noticed the phrasing as well. I just wonder why you would use time critiquing what you don’t like rather than simply accepting the message in the spirit it was intended?

  • February 17, 2015

    So totally get where you are going. I too do my best to turn things into a positive – sometimes annoyingly so. Have you ever noticed people saying “no problem” when you thank them for something? 2 negatives. While I agree, I also use Marks J coaching usto allow it to be and observe. You observed!

    • February 21, 2015

      Interesting criticism, there is a lot of negative language there…I catch myself saying “no problem” as well. I’m changing that automatic response to – “My pleasure!”

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