By Diane Forrest,
Today is All or Nothing Day. I was not sure how to tell you about this day. There isn't much information on it, noting about who started it or why, not much on what it even means. But here are some of my thoughts on this day.
To give your energy to something you must put 100 % into it. Just like writing these articles for you. I research the subject, interview people, locate graphics, and send it for editing and proof reading to bring you the best stories I can. I feel a responsibility to bring you the best, up to date information and I give it 100%. Anything less would be nothing. As Will Smiith said, "Giving 99% is just like giving 0. It’s either all or nothing. Of course I try to do this in every aspect of my life. Not to say I’m a perfectionist, far from it in fact. However, you don't have to be perfect to do your very best. When I was growing up in school, I was 13 months younger than my brother, the brain! He was so smart, never had to bring home books or study. He always made the honor roll, his teachers all loved him, and you know the type. Then I came along. As my daddy would say, I wasn't the brightest crayon in the box, but I did my best. I never did make the honor roll, but I never failed either. I just gave it my all.
To some people this day means a day of doing something out of the ordinary. If this was your last day on earth, how would you spend it? It is a day to take a chance, to do something you never have, but always wanted to. The first thing that comes to mind is a gambler putting in all his chips on a bet. All or Nothing! Another thought is doing an extreme sport, jumping out of a plane, bungee jumping, surfing that big wave or skiing down that mountain. This reminds me of the movie The Last Holiday with Queen Latifah. It is a story about a woman who has always done the right things. She worked hard, save her money, went to church, and kept a book of "possibilities" or dreams she had. She learns that she has 2 weeks to live and feels like she never took any chances in life. She takes her list of possibilities, and begins to do the things she had been dreaming of. I won't spoil the movie for you if you haven't seen it, but the message is don't wait for "someday" to do the things you want to do.
Of course you don't have to be that extreme on all or nothing day. You could just ask that special someone out on a date, give your crush a call, tell someone you love them, or even apologize for some wrongdoing. You can even just do something nice for someone.
However you plan to spend today, just be sure to give it 100% Give it your all, or nothing at all.