Choose to believe it or not, I was awarded a certificate of recognition as the best cleaner while doing my masters degree in England a few years ago. I could not believe it.
I was working in a vocational college building, cleaning the surroundings including emptying bins and tiding the principalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office.
One day, the manager of the cleaning services called cleaners. We thought something must have gone terribly wrong. With our mops and brooms in hand, we drew nearer. Somebody was about to lose their jobÃ¢â‚¬â€we thought.
The manager stood on higher ground, cleared his throat and announced that he was so pleased with certain individualsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dedication to duty and workmanship. Top on that list was my name.
I could not hold my joy but rushed home to my wife to break the news. I just gave her the certificate of recognition. She looked at it and hugged me heartily while laughing her lungs outÃ¢â‚¬â€the hug was so good so I never minded the laughing.
If there is one thing I cherish, it is this certificate. Not least because it reminds me of what life can be like in England for most foreign students but more for the lessons it accords. I dedicated the certificate to my flat mate who had always believed that “when you are given something to do, do it with all your might.”
Added to this motivation was a question I tumbled across while reading some blog. It simply said “how would you spend today if it were the only day by which your entire life would be judged?“ This is something I make a genuine effort to keep in mind every single day of my life. I needed to give each day the best of my talents and skills. I needed to make each day my master piece.
I always think: What would I write if I knew this was the only article that would make all the difference in someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life? How would I spend the next hour with my two small sons if I knew it will be the only hour they would remember from their childhood when they grow up?
How would I spend this evening with my wife if it were the last evening we would spend together? How would I spend my money today if I knew that somebody does not have such money to just buy food for her family?
Every single day, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re making an impact on the people around us. The people we love. The people we merely like. The people we will never directly know. Even on ourselvesÃ¢â‚¬â€our future health and happiness and relationships and skills and finances.
Every single day, we have a chance to really make all of those things shine or we can choose to idle the day away and stifle the so much goodness in us.
For a moment, let me challenge you to making this day, hour, minute to be really the only time that matters. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t undo your past. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t live your future, either. Your only freedom of choice is right now, and thus today is your one chance to paint your masterpiece.
What are you going to do today to make it your masterpiece?