Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appal me if I had to keep it up for lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. Most folks are as happy as they can make up their minds to be.

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and try not to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my ‘luck’ as it comes and try to fit 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, though 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, act courteously, criticise not one bit, not find fault with anything and try not to improve or regulate anybody but myself.

Just for today I will have a programme: I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: indecision and hurry.

Just for today I will have half an hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, I will try to get a better perspective 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, the world will give to me.


— from a booklet passed on to me. Thank you, Nan.

Published by Rachel Beckett