Friday, November 02, 2007

Make the days count

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” - Seneca

Two weeks ago, my cousin brother died of pancreas cancer. Then, my colleague's father passed away due to sickness. A couple of days later, another of my colleague's father also passed away after stroke for a couple of days. Indeed, we must live life fully because it is appointed for everybody to die eventually. We must learn to make every act count, since we are going to be here for only a short while.

Many people are fond of counting their troubles. However, you will be much better when you start to count your joys.

Abraham Lincoln said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." He was right. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. I will chase them out of my mind and replace them with happy thoughts.

What You Can and Cannot Control
You cannot control the length of you life; but you can control its width and depth.
You cannot control the contour of your face; but you can control its expression.
You cannot control the weather; but you can control the atmosphere of your mind.

Why worry about things you cannot control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?

Let us not count the days but make the days count! Do not waste another day.

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Tammi said...

Had to read this post 3 times to fully let it sink in.
I have one word for what was said.
Definately words to live by.
Would love to add you as a fave on my blog.
Take Care,

jennifer said...

Hi Sam,

Ohhh we just don't know how long we have in this form, or what is ahead... the only way to live is in the moment, appreciating each day and the opportunities it affords us.

Thank you for this reminder Sam.

In keeping with this theme, let me just tell you that I so deeply appreciate the goodness you bring to my life and to our world~

Blessings to you my dear friend,


Anonymous said...

I really love your views of life..we forget how soon those we love can be taken...thanks for every post you do.


Titania Starlight said...

Hi Sam,
Those words are so true for all of us. We should never take our days here for granted. Each day is a gift.

Many blessings,

anits said...

hi mr chan,
I totally agree with this **"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be"
Its all how one shape up their life..everyone is responsible of their life..if they choose to be happy they will be happy...if they choose to be sad..thats how they will be..
Have a nice day sir and lets us choose happiness

Sam Chan said...

Hi Tammi,

I glad that you find this post awesome. And thanks for adding my blog as one of your favorites.

Let's make the days count!
Blessings to you, Tammi.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

Indeed, let's appreciate each day given and make the days count! I am really thankful to you for the continuous support you gave to my blog.

Goodness and Graciousness to you!

Sam Chan said...

Hi MaunieJames

Thanks for your kind and encouraging words! And also thanks for reading my blog.

May we all learn to cherish every precious moments we have with our love one!

Blessings to you.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Tawnya,

Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom. Indeed, we mustn't take our days here for granted. Let's make full use of all the days given and make them count!

Blessings to you, Tawnya.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anitha,

Thanks for your valuable thoughts. Let's remember to focus on happy moments so that happiness will always be with us.

You too have a nice weekend!

mr fong said...

Hi Sam, I like this post. Indeed, we waste our time on thinking things we do not to think, doing things we need not do.

FL Sam said...

Hi Sam, Another great posting. Until we realize how to make days count, we tend to count the days and waste time thinking of things we cannot control.

We should live live to the fullest and not waste time. :)

mr fong said...

FL Sam's comment strikes the chord! Wonderful.

surjit said...

Very truthful words:
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Happiness is a state of mind and not a destination.
Thanks Sam, for sharing another great post.
God bless.

JesseTheCat said...

A post that we all need to take heed of.Instead of dwelling in fears and depression, we must sieze the day IN ALL its glory... for it may well be our last!
I enjoyed this post,Sam...and once again, It came at just the right time for me ! Thanks so much :)
Have a really wonderful day over there...

WaterLearner said...

Hi Sam!

Yet again another good post. Thanks!

I am here mainly to ask if you are feeling better after the period of feeling low last few weeks.

Blessings & Have a Great Week Ahead!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

I am glad you like this post. Let's not waste the precious time.

"A life is Too Precious to Waste - To spend on Anything But the Best."

Blessings to you, Winston!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sam,

Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom. Indeed, we need to learn how to make days count.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Thanks Surjit!

You are right. Happiness is a state of mind and not a destination.

God bless

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jesse,

I am glad you enjoyed and find this post useful.

Indeed, we mustn't dwell in the state of depression.

Blessings to you, Jesse!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for your concern. I really appreciate that. I am feeling great! Hope you are too!

Blessings to you, my dear friend!

Trinity said...

Sam Chan,
as redeemed person I am sure that all my days count because I live in His way and plans.. I live in and by His grace only..

Trinity from Rooms of
My Heart

Sam Chan said...

Hi Trinity,

Yup I fully agree with you! One can make the days count by living according to God's will.

Colossians 1:9-12 - "... that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (10) that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (11) strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (12) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light."

Blessings to you, Trinity.

Cornucopia Chronicles said...

Indeed right. Why not enjoy life to the fullest.

Have a great wednesday Sam!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Haze,

That's right. Let's make the days count by doing all the necessary.

You too have a great day!
Blessings to you, Haze.

Andy said...


Nice meditation/reflection. I like the photo especially....grin, grin. I'm the photographer. I'm glad to see it put to good use. Have a great day.

Ciao, Andy Larsen

Sam Chan said...

Hi Andy,

Your photo is very nice indeed. Thank you for sharing it! Well, without great photo, it can be difficult to illustrate a message.

Keep it up! I am always searching for great photos...

Best Wishes to you, Andy.