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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TCJEAN 4/19/2013 6:02AM

    Thanks for posting this adaptation! I'll be making copies and putting it up around the house.

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JSHUFFLES 2/13/2011 6:58AM

    Thanks for posting this! I'm printing my own copy to keep out as a reminder.

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OHSOCOOLLISA 2/9/2011 12:42PM

    Love this! Thanks for posting it and reminding me that I need only deal with just today.

You Rock!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/8/2011 9:33PM

    great post! thx for sharing

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JMKINNEY 2/8/2011 2:52PM

    Thanks for sharing...I think I could read this everyday.

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ROXY91607 2/8/2011 1:09PM

    I desperately needed this today. Thank you.

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SUGIRL06 2/8/2011 10:32AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Thank you for sharing this, I really needed a pick me up today. I have printed this off, and will be putting it with my virtual me pictures I have on the side of the fridge.

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JERZRN 2/8/2011 10:10AM

    I love it too! Thanks so much. I might print it out and put it on my desk so I read it each morning.

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ANGELWINGS71079 2/8/2011 10:00AM

    I love this. What a great poem. Thank you for sharing.

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