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Potent Platitudes

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No matter how obnoxious they can be, well-timed maxims can still deliver insight with great effect. Over the past two weeks thoughts have come and gone surrounding a number of ideas, but one particular thread has woven itself through each: The necessity to make today count.

Yesterday’s hard work helps build momentum, but without clarity of direction it can be difficult to avoid resting on your laurels, quickly becoming satisfied with past achievements, and empowering complacency.

Think about Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite: “Back in ’82 I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile.” Don’t become another Uncle Rico — no one wants to be a sad old man saddled by the questionable glory of days gone by.

Now, how about that timely platitude: Last week’s shower doesn’t help that much today.