We are sometimes told, “Live each day as though it were your last.” But this is not helpful advice if one has the wrong attitude toward work—an attitude that everything should have been done yesterday maybe, if not before.
Some of the best advice in this vein I ever received was from an older and wiser family friend who reminded me, as I embarked on a new job that entailed establishing a middle school library, “Remember that you don’t have to do it all on the first day.”
A recurring theme in my journal is the need to enjoy all the moments of my life. If you are doing something (or failing to) that makes you crabby, you are yourself ruining the very essence of living. If life is not lived in daily moments, it is not “lived” at all.