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Moving Forward Everyday

Have you ever thought about the meaning of one day?
Have you ever considered the reason
A day consists of twenty-four hours
Why an hour is made up of sixty minutes
And why one minute consists of sixty seconds?
Have you ever thought about how long
One second is - for you?

There will be a great difference
Between those who have thought seriously
About the meaning of time
And those who spend each day
Without taking time seriously
As the last day of life approaches
Each will see a different scene

One will behold a sunrise, the other a sunset
There is a world of difference between the state of mind
Of those who worship the rising sun
And those who gaze at the setting sun
Which can never be described
Simply by words 'light' or 'dark'
There is such a difference between
A human being who has succeeded
In attaining eternal life
And a plant destined to be thrown into the fire

Each of you has to go through life
So choose to live to attain eternal life
Each of you must face the end of life
Choose to leave this world giving out a radiant light

To this end,
Take a step forward every day
Today, what good ideas did you have and put into action?
How did you take steps to improve your state of mind?
Did you notice your mistakes and correct your behavior?

If you want to move forward every day
Make the best possible use of your time.

- Ryuho Okawa


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