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"Just For Today" poem

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I keep a framed copy of this "Just For Today" poem on my desk, in a pretty frame. I put it there to inspire me, to keep me focused on how to make each day the best day possible. Today I noticed it for the first time in a long time - it became one of the dusty knick-knacks on my desk. So I dusted it off, read it, and wanted to share it with you. I will spend the day recommiting to this just-for-today feeling.

Dear Abby runs the "Just For Today" poem each New Year's Day. She borrowed/adapted from the Al-Anon poem and slightly changes the words each year. Here is a link to the 2011 edition, full text of a past edition (my desk version) is below:

JUST FOR TODAY, 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.

JUST FOR TODAY, 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.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct and accept those I cannot.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be aggreable. 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.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

JUST FOR TODAY, 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.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
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