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.
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