Today Is the Day

Today is the day to tell your wife that you love her.
Today is the day to call your mother and chat with her for an hour.
Today is the day to send your dad a note.
Today is the day to get in touch with that friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
Today is the day to call up a special person and set up a date.
Today is the day to stop by your grandmother’s house with a sack full of groceries and make dinner for her.
Today is the day to visit that old family friend who helped you so much when you were younger.

Not Valentine’s Day. Not Mother’s Day. Not Father’s Day. Not someone’s birthday. Not Christmas.

The value a person has in your life is never really shown on a “special” day marked on a calendar and observed with a greeting card and a slickly-wrapped present. It’s shown with a few minutes (or an hour or two) of your time on a day when they don’t expect it. On a day when they’re merely in your thoughts.

Build those relationships now before the chance is gone.
Build those relationships now and they’ll pay dividends for the rest of your life.
Build those relationships now so that you can have someone to always share every exciting moment and success in your life with.
Build those relationships now when times are good so they’ll still be there when the times are bad.

I’m stopping right now so you can take the few moments you might have spent reading a longer post to instead do something to build a valuable relationship in your life, because it will often be those very relationships that are there for you when the chips are down.

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  1. Great thoughts, Trent!
    Money comes and goes….there is no currency as precious as the relationships with loved ones and friends.

    “Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Love Clarence.”~It’s A Wonderful Life

  2. LiveCheap says:

    Cool Trent. Mom wins today!

  3. Kerry D says:

    Yay, thanks, Trent! And I would add, today is the day to put aside any anger or past animosity… to just put it all behind, know that there may be disagreements on something, but enjoy what is good about that person and relationship.

  4. done that says:

    Wow! Trent. Half the people on your list are no longer with me in a way that I can spend time with them. Maybe I’m older than your average reader but yes, to all your readers – tomorrow is not guaranteed.

  5. Kay says:

    Cliche much??

  6. Johanna says:

    I might have found this a lot more compelling if you hadn’t just pulled the same “I’m doing you a favor by not writing a real blog post, so you can take the time you would other have spent reading this and go to XYZ” trick just a month ago. I hope this doesn’t turn into a regular feature.

    Also, I don’t have a wife.

  7. Nice poem to stop and think about if you are having a bad day. Sometimes we don’t think about this until it is too late and the one you love is gone.

  8. KellyB says:

    So true people – today is the day! Take it from someone whose parents and grandparents are gone…you never know how much time you’ll get with anyone. So tell your spouse, your kids, everyone who means something to you. And don’t just tell them, show them, and spend time with them. I guarantee you won’t regret it later. I certainly don’t :-)

  9. Sara says:

    I find it annoying how people put so much stock into how their significant others treat them on Valentine’s Day (or their birthday or anniversary). They should be more concerned about how they are treated on days when society doesn’t tell everyone they have to treat their loved ones specially.

  10. carmen says:

    Great post; I liked it a lot. I’m going to call both my elderly Grandmothers today.

    Incidentally, I don’t have a wife either, but that didn’t stop me fully appreciating and understanding the sentiment behind the words.

    The majority of the posts on TSD don’t relate to me directly, yet I still find myself on the site regularly.

  11. Great stuff–except I’ll have to spread it out over the next few days.

    If I crammed all that in today, I doubt I’d make it to work

  12. hotmar says:

    Great article, Trent!

    The real values in our lives cannot be bought.

  13. Tonya says:

    How timely. Just last evening my husband and I said our goodbyes to a dear uncle who is battling cancer. He is rapidly declining and not expected to last more than a few days. He is 65, just the age he should be free to start living his life on his own terms. Despite that, he is an inspiration, talking only of the wonderful life he was able to live and the love of his family.

  14. Carol says:

    Great article, and a wonderful reminder to pay attention to those who mean the most to us.
    And to #5 Kay: negative much?

  15. Trent, this really hits home to me. I lost my last giving grandparent (my paternal grandma) this past Tuesday. She was a remarkable woman, and I’m very glad that I was able to visit with her last week, and take my sons for a last visit.

    But I was thinking yesterday, that there were so many things about her I didn’t know, and now I would never have the chance. Your post today really confirms in me that its the people in our lives that matter. Thanks for writing.

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