One day can seem like a short blink in time. But each day holds exactly 86,400 seconds – and in each one of these moments we can grow into what we are meant to become. Here are some thoughts and quotes on making each day (and its moments) truly yours.

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect. (Anonymous)
Life favors the bold. The phrase “carpe diem” (Latin for “seize the day”) has been echoed over centuries for good reason – there’s no time like the present to challenge ourselves, explore new territory, and continue to grow in mind and spirit. Simply speaking, wait less… and act more.

Begin at once to live and count each day as a separate life. (Seneca)
Mark each day as your own. Keeping deadlines and goals creates forward momentum – and gives our present activities meaning and significance on a grand scale. Even small things like journals or daily “to-do” lists can help us to steer our own destiny in each moment of every season.

The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. (Pema Chodron)
Keep a hopeful eye on the future, while also realizing that the future is happening here and now. To paraphrase a Zen philosophy – “If you want to know where you will be tomorrow, observe where you are standing today.” Let every thought, word, and action drive you only towards what you want to become.

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. (Margaret Bonanno)
We realize a lot of happiness when we can contain ourselves to one time and space – living the best we can one day at a time, with what we have, where we are, and whom we’re with.

One day lived well can change so much about our lives. And when we reach our dreams, we’ll realize that they came true one second, one hour, one calendar day at a time.