The Fifth Scroll: I will Live this Day as if it is my Last
I will live this day as if it is my last.
And what shall I do with this last precious day? First, I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats and yesterday’s aches of the heart. Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them? Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.
I will live this day as if it is my last.
And what then shall I do? Forgetting yesterday, neither will I think of tomorrow. Should I concern myself over events which I may never witness? Torment myself with problems that may never come to pass? No! I will live this day as if it is my last.
This day is all I have. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.
Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others far batter than I have departed? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I thought I can be? Is this my day to excel.
I will live this day as if it is my last.
I have but one life. And life is but a measurement of time. Each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return. Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands. What dying man can purchase another breath though he gives all his gold? What price dare I place of the hours ahead? I will make them priceless.
I will live this day as if it is my last.
I will avoid the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action. Doubt I will bury under faith. Fear I will dismember with confidence. To court idleness is to steal food and clothing from those I love. I am no thief.
I will live this day as if it is my last.
The duties of today I shall fulfill today. Today, I give myself in sacrifice and work. Tomorrow, I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.
I will live this day as if it is my last.
This day I will make the best day of my life. I will make more calls than ever before. I will sell more goods than ever before. I will earn more gold than ever before. Each minute today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday. My last must be my best.
I will live this day as if it is my last.

OG Mandino