Thursday, January 04, 2007

Just for today

I read this in Dear Abby, and, for some reason, it really resonated with me. I have printed it out and am going to refer to it periodically and try to follow it.
*I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
*I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
*I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct, and accept those I cannot.
*I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
*I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.
*I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
*I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully--if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.
*I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsiblity for my own actions.