Today is Tomorrow’s Yesterday shows you how to look at your world differently, and in doing so, actually change the reality of your world. This book is for anyone who seeks a future filled with happiness, laughter, success, and a sense of contentment. It reminds you that tomorrow may not always be there, which makes today a miracle, a once in a lifetime event. Today you have the ability to write tomorrows history; to live a day where tomorrow you will look back and smile and be joyous in the fact that you did live this day, that you were given this gift and made the most of it. It contains 50 life lessons we all need to learn or at least remember again. For those struggling with cancer or another life threatening circumstance, there is an entire section near the end of the book dedicated to help you jumpstart your way to recovery. It is practical, to the point, and comes from someone with life experience.

From the Author
Most of us live each day the same as the last because we are certain there will always be a tomorrow. There has to be, we have plans and things that still need to be accomplished. It wasn’t until I was told my tomorrows could be limited that life and all that is truly important came into focus.
After contracting cancer at a relatively young age, my world was turned upside down and I finally realized that tomorrow will not always be there and that today is a once in a lifetime event, a miracle.
I soon learned that how we perceive our world actually changes our world. I relearned the art of appreciation, that being kind is a choice, and doing something good for another is an opportunity, not a sacrifice. I learned that bills are nothing more than numbers on a piece of paper, but love; love is real and something we often take for granted. That too many times we let our priorities get turned around and forget what is truly important in life. As you will see in my book, I learned this and much, much more.

From the Back Cover
Whether you are struggling through a health crisis, emotional turmoil, financial troubles or even if life seems perfect, this book is for you. After contracting cancer at a relatively young age, life and all that is truly important can into view, probably for the first time in my life. I discovered life lessons I wish I had learned years ago. To my utter surprise I discovered that how you perceive your world actually changes the reality of your world. It was as if I was allowed to see clearly for the first time in my life. Most of us live each day the same as the last because we are certain there will always be a tomorrow. There has to be, we have plans and things that still need to be accomplished. It wasn’t until I was told my tomorrows could be limited that life and all that is truly important cam into focus. It was then I realized that today is a day of wonder, a gift like no other. A once in a lifetime event. Today is tomorrow’s yesterday. You can live today with no regrets, no sorrow. Today gives you the chance of a tomorrow where you will look back and smile, to be joyous in the fact that you did live this day, that you were given this gift adn made the most of it. This book contains a cancer patient’s most inner-thoughts, feelings and the life lessons we all need to learn or at least remember again. Today we have a chance to be joyous or sad, to love or hate. We can let go of the past and start day one of a new life or let the weight of the past drag us under. This is not a book about cancer, dying or struggle. This book is about life and the lessons that are given to us everyday if we just pay attention. This book is for those who seek a future filled with happiness, joy and sense of contentment. This book is for those struggling in any way, even if it’s a life threatening circumstance. To help remove the limiting thoughts that may bring you down and limit your immune systems ability to heal. This is for you all those that love you.

About the Author
Michael Johnson was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Grants Pass Oregon and Vancouver Washington. After moving back to California, he graduated from college with an electrical engineering degree and was married 2 months later. He soon took a job with Boeing where he has been working as a systems engineer for the last 21 years. He has written over 20 design requirement documents in development of the International Space Station, X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle, the Army’s Modernization Program, and is currently working as part of a small Research & Development team.

Who said “Yesterday is history tomorrow is a mystery today is a gift”?

There are a couple different known phrases used including:
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a GIFT. That’s why it’s called the present.”
Bil Keane is usually credited with this phrase for use of this quote in the caption under The Family Circus newspaper cartoon from 8/31/1994. You will see below Bil Keane may not be the original author.
Another rendition people have adapted includes: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift from God, which is why we call it the present”.
It is due to this particular version I found it appropriate to create my own version for the academic community.

You heard it here FIRST:
“Yesterday is relative, tomorrow is speculative, but today is electric. That’s why it’s called current”

  • By Travis Dultz
    Aug 27, 2015

Below is a brief history about the (original) phrase origin as shown on the Dedy Kurniawan Wijaya blog site:
Who said “Yesterday is history tomorrow is a mystery today is a gift”?
Well, I’m not sure but I found the following…

The full quote often reads: “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”
In the 1902 book, “Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday: Garden Delights…” by Alice Morse Earle, it is noted that the words “Time Waits for No Man” is a play on words or punning device of “gnomon” that has been used on sun dials. A gnomon is a pointer on a sun dial. Somewhere along the way came the full quote which has been truncated by some to your version.
Many believe the phrase has its root in “Time and Tide wait for No Man,” meaning no one is so powerful that he can stop the march of time.

According to “The Phrase Finder”:
The origin is uncertain, although it’s clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225:
“And te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”
A version in modern English — “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version.


Another version believed that it was said by Eleanor Roosevelt…
Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; If he betrays you twice, it is your fault. Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much; He, who loses a friend, loses much more; He, who loses faith, loses all. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. Friends, you and me…. You brought another friend…. And then there were 3…. We started our group…. Our circle of friends…. And like that circle…. There is no beginning or end…. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Wiki answer also got the conclusion that those quote was said by Alice Morse Earle….
“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”
Alice Morse Earle

9 Ways to Have a Better Day than Yesterday

Did you have a bad day yesterday? If you’d like to start anew and have a better day today, then read on for some tips on how to have a great day today.

  1. Decide that Today Will Be a Great Day. Make it real by writing it down and saying it out loud to yourself. It may seem kooky but it works. When I set my wakeup alarm on my cell phone, I have this message displayed “Wake up and smile! Today is going to be a Great Day!” Don’t be embarrassed. No one needs to know you do this. 🙂
  2. Take it Slow. If yesterday was bad or if you are tired today, take it slow to “warm up” before you kick your day into high gear. If you need to, stay in “slow & steady” pace for the whole day.
  3. Cultivate Compassion, Don’t Judge. For a whole day make a pact with yourself not to judge yourself or others. Give everyone, including yourself, the benefit of the doubt for one whole day. Even if you don’t believe what you’re telling yourself at first, stick with it. It will help change the mental pathways that you tread every day. What do you have to lose except maybe a little misery?
  4. Observe, Don’t React. When you encounter things that would normally make you angry, (traffic, certain people, slow computer, etc), plan to observe these things in a detached way as opposed to reacting with anger. If you are angry a lot, be kind to yourself and figure out what is making you angry. Often reacting in anger is a habit, and the good news is habits can be broken! Start slow. Are you chronically tired? Are you frustrated with something in your life? Write it down or talk it out with a friend and then make a plan to remedy your triggers.

If it’s rest you need, take some time, say before bed or first thing in the morning, to mentally review which commitments you could cut back on or delete altogether. By freeing up some time, you could get some more rest, exercise, or time to work on something you want to change

If you’re trying to change something in your life to rid yourself of frustration and anger, make a plan, and enlist someone to help you even if it is to just help keep you on track with your plan.

If you are angry about things in your life that you can’t control, try to make a small dent in your frustration a little bit each day. A helpful question might be to ask yourself, “How can I be at peace with this situation today?”

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Did you have a bad day yesterday? If you’d like to start anew and have a better day today, then read on for some tips on how to have a great day today.

  1. Decide that Today Will Be a Great Day. Make it real by writing it down and saying it out loud to yourself. It may seem kooky but it works. When I set my wakeup alarm on my cell phone, I have this message displayed “Wake up and smile! Today is going to be a Great Day!” Don’t be embarrassed. No one needs to know you do this. 🙂
  2. Take it Slow. If yesterday was bad or if you are tired today, take it slow to “warm up” before you kick your day into high gear. If you need to, stay in “slow & steady” pace for the whole day.
  3. Cultivate Compassion, Don’t Judge. For a whole day make a pact with yourself not to judge yourself or others. Give everyone, including yourself, the benefit of the doubt for one whole day. Even if you don’t believe what you’re telling yourself at first, stick with it. It will help change the mental pathways that you tread every day. What do you have to lose except maybe a little misery?
  4. Observe, Don’t React. When you encounter things that would normally make you angry, (traffic, certain people, slow computer, etc), plan to observe these things in a detached way as opposed to reacting with anger. If you are angry a lot, be kind to yourself and figure out what is making you angry. Often reacting in anger is a habit, and the good news is habits can be broken! Start slow. Are you chronically tired? Are you frustrated with something in your life? Write it down or talk it out with a friend and then make a plan to remedy your triggers.

If it’s rest you need, take some time, say before bed or first thing in the morning, to mentally review which commitments you could cut back on or delete altogether. By freeing up some time, you could get some more rest, exercise, or time to work on something you want to change

If you’re trying to change something in your life to rid yourself of frustration and anger, make a plan, and enlist someone to help you even if it is to just help keep you on track with your plan.

If you are angry about things in your life that you can’t control, try to make a small dent in your frustration a little bit each day. A helpful question might be to ask yourself, “How can I be at peace with this situation today?”

  1. Smile at People. Smile at everyone you meet. Fake it ’til you feel it. Laugh at the ridiculous things that happen in life! Humor is the ultimate for producing a sense of well-being. If humor is not your forte, seek out or call the funniest person you know and tell them you need some jokes to get the ball rolling today.

6 Pay it Forward. Do something nice for someone else. Try doing this all day. Compliment people, thank people, let people go ahead of you in traffic or in line. Watch how quickly that goodness comes back to you!

  1. Treat Yourself! Make it a point to indulge in a favorite treat or activity, or break one of your own rules today. You know that thing you always want to do, but you never allow yourself. Maybe it’s a piece of chocolate cake or maybe knock off from work early for once. You could go to the bookstore, see a movie, go to the beach. Or you could include a friend or loved one in on the fun. Maybe you and some friends could go play paintball or go to F1 Go-Carts. Or perhaps you could pick up some food for dinner, grab a blanket, and treat your spouse/friend/kids to an impromptu evening picnic!
  2. Count your Blessings. Even when things are bad, there are always things to be thankful for. List them out in your head or write them down.
  3. Get some Great Rest Tonight! You deserve it!

Have a great day!

Please share your ideas for having a great day in the comments!

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