Living for today

Posted By: Jerry Agar · 4/11/2014 12:12:00 PM

The suddena and untimely passing of Jim Flaherty has me thinking about the idea of putting off the things we intend to do some day.

Flaherty died suddenly only days after stepping down from public service with plans to enjoy more time with his family and to explore possibilities in the private sector. Neither will happen.

Years ago, just after 9-11 I met a man who had been at work in his office in one of the twin towers in New York. After the plane had hit the building he ran down the stairs, past the firefighters going the other direction.

I asked him whether the experience had changed his life. Here is what he told me.

I had a wine refridgerator in my apartment, stocked with fine wines I would show off to people. The wine sat in the fridge on display. Had I died, I would be gone and the wine would still be sitting in the cold. I sold the fridge. Now, I drink the fine wine.

What is your "fine wine?" What could you enjoy today that you have put in cold storage for tomorrow?

Plan for the future. Save up. Do what you have to do to pay the bills and provide for yourself and your family.

But ask yourself what you want to do with your life and why you are not doing it today, rather than tomorrow, or someday.

Drink the fine wine.

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  1. David posted on 04/18/2014 01:52 PM
    Fantastic blog Jerry. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day hustle and to forget what really matters in life. Thank you for this timely reminder.

    Here's to drinking the fine wine!

    Keep up the good work.
  2. Frank posted on 07/29/2014 01:03 PM
    Jerry your so biased regarding Rob Ford....can you not admit that he's not qualified to be the Mayor of any city let alone Toronto. What does this guy have to do to get you to acknowledge that he is a moron....or maybe your a moron also?
  3. Alicia posted on 08/14/2014 10:15 AM
    I have heard that the government auditors are paid commission to find money.
    If this is true, it is not surprising to me that they are going after taxpayers quite rigorously.
  4. Thomas posted on 11/18/2014 08:22 AM
    After listening to your show yesterday, I can only conclude you and the police department are out of touch with life.

    How does one expect the downtown business core to receive deliveries - I drive in the downtown core and feel sorry for those who have to deliver in this area, sometimes having to park a distance from their actually and then haul god knows what and how much to their destination.

    A second point:
    The police are calling the murder at a Dundas Street restaurant "cold-blooded." They could apply the same term to their officer who pumped 9 bullets into Sammy Yatnim and then a superior arrives on the scene and tazes him. This offier still has a job with full pay when he should have life imprisonment at the least.
    1. Jerry posted on 11/18/2014 02:11 PM
      @Thomas The officer is charged with murder. It doesn't get more serious than that, so calm down.
  5. George posted on 12/11/2014 01:23 PM
    Jerry brilliant piece about late Jim Flaherty was written on 4/11/2014 12:12:00 PM and it begins with:

    The suddena and untimely....

    Can we nominate you to the 'Call of Fame' for innovation in English language as you coined a new word "suddena" ?

  6. Ken Carpenter posted on 12/18/2014 11:46 AM
    Hi Jerry, Your show today on WWI was very good and informative.
    The Red Baron's Seat from his Plane is on display at the Royal Military Museum on University Ave in Toronto ! It has been there many years and it has 1-2 bullet holes in it.. . .
  7. Don posted on 01/13/2015 11:58 AM
    Listened to your discussion with the rep from World Vision on Haiti..The question I have that seems to never gets asked by the Media is where did all the money go from the millions that were donated in the aftermath of the earthquake...Seems to me that it is a legitimate question to ask particularly when after 5 years there seems to be little improvement in the daily lives of the people who were supposed to be the beneficiaries of the financial aid??
  8. John Hilton posted on 01/22/2015 10:38 AM
    Mr. Agar,
    The monicker of "The Big Smoke" is copied from the name that London, England has had for over a hundred years.
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