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David Hegg | How to Make Every Day a Gift

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By David Hegg

If you’re like me, you sometimes lie in bed after the alarm has sounded, theoretically debating the benefit of leaving the warm comfort of the bed to get up and take on the day. That 30 seconds turns out to be a microcosm of the way we look at life.

I suppose many folks get up because of obligations. They simply have to get up because their commitments obligate them to do so, whether they like it or not. On the other hand, some of us get up because we can hardly wait to get a jump on the opportunities each day brings. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for folks like me to get up before the alarm sounds because our minds are already running at full speed planning the day. How you feel during the last 30 seconds in bed will depend on whether you view life as an obligation or a privilege.

Here’s why I get out of bed every morning excited to begin the day:

1. I know each day is unique. I came to realize years ago that each day is a unique gift, wrapped up in a 24-hour package. There has never been one like it, and once it is gone, there will never, ever be another one that matches it. Someone has said, “Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is cash,........

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