Just for Today

Today, I will share with you a list I wrote in my notebook more than 25 years ago.

Its title is “Just For Today.”  I am not the original author of this list, but I don’t also know who is its original author. I may have copied it from some book, magazine or may have heard it from somebody. I may have liked it so much for me to put the contents into my trusty notebook.

Today as I read it again, I  noted that each line of the list gives strength and progress. I also realize that  I have tried to do most of what it says, everyday.

Here is the list.

This day I’ll do these thirteen (13) promises.”

  1. I will live through the next twelve hours and not try to tackle all of life’s problem at once.
  2. I will improve my mind
  3. I will learn something useful.
  4. I will learn something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.
  5. I will be agreeable,  I will look my best, speak in a well modulated voice, and be courteous and considerate.
  6. I will not find fault with friends, relatives or colleagues.
  7. I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself..
  8. I will have a program, I might not follow it exactly but I will have it.
  9. I will save myself from two enemies—hurry and indecision.
  10. I will do a good turn and keep it a secret,
  11. I will do two things I don’t want to do. Just for the exercise.
  12. I will believe in myself.
  13. I will give my best to the world and feel confident that the world will give its best to me.

-Just for Today

It may be difficult to do all the 13 items listed above within one day. Perhaps doing it a thing at a time will help, if only to get the ball rolling. But give it a try.  It is worth the effort.

 

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