Just for today I will try to live this day only
And not tackle my whole life problem at once.
I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me
If I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today I will be happy
This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said,
“That most folks are as happy as
They make up their minds to be.”
Just for today I will adjust myself to what is,
And not try to adjust everything to my own desires.
I will take my luck as it comes, and fits myself to it.
Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind
I will study, I will learn something useful.
I will not be a mental loafer.
I will read something that requires
Effort, thought and concentration.
Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways:
I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out;
If anybody knows of it, it will not count.
I will do at least two things I don’t want to do… just for exercise
I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt
They may be hurt, but today I will not show it.
Just for today I will be agreeable,
I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly,
Talk low and courteously, criticize not one bit,
Not find fault with anything and not try to improve
Or regulate anybody except myself.
Just for today I will have a program
I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.
I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today I will have a quiet hour all by myself and relax.
During this hour, sometime, I will try
To get a better prospective of my life.
Just for today I will be unafraid, especially,
I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful,
And to believe that as I give to the world
So the world will give to me.
A friend of mine shared this poem with me, written by an anonymous writer. It is a wonderful declaration of how to live – and it applies to us all.
So what if we follow it, just for today…