I was dusting the spare bedroom the other day when I noticed a piece of paper sticking out from my grandmother’s old family Bible. Curious, I pulled it out and discovered it was a reflection, neatly typed on a small piece of paper with my grandmother’s name signed at the bottom of it. I have no idea if this is something she wrote herself, or if she found it somewhere and decided with was worth copying down and saving. At any rate, it ended up in the same Bible where she kept a careful record of our family’s births, marriages, and deaths, so I believe it must have held some special meaning for her. And after reading it, I can understand why.
It may be old, but I think in many ways that this reflection speaks just as well to today’s world. And I thought that instead of writing my own post this week, I would simply share the words that my grandmother saved:
Just For Today
Just for today, I will try to to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life’s problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt 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 try to strengthen my mind. I will study and 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 about it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do…just for exercise. And if my feelings are hurt, today I will not show it.
Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, act courteously, criticize not one bit and not find fault with anything. I will not try to improve or regulate anyone except myself.
Just for for today, I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will try. And I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today, I will have a quiet half 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, so the world will give to me.
I always believed that my grandmother was a wise woman. Turns out, I was right about that…..