Live each day as if it were your last. My dad espoused this philosophy. His life looked middle-of-the-road simple and wasn’t, but he did his best to follow the dictum. And yet, there are so many possible interpretations.
Give every cent and every ounce of energy to make others’ lives better?
Lead a fast life, die young, and be a beautiful corpse? ~J.M. O’Connor, These Wild Young People
Be the best possible person you can be in each moment?
Here are some other folks’ ideas about it.
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. ~Mark Twain
Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint! ~Jane Austen, Love and Friendship
Live simply, expect little, give much. ~Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking
Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? ~Mary Manin Morrissey (life coach)
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. ~Lao Tzu
Don’t count the days, make the days count. ~Muhammad Ali
And my personal favorite:
Everything in moderation, including moderation. ~Oscar Wilde