One Day at a Time!

The world today places many pressures on all of us to succeed and to be the best we can.  Sometimes this can be overwhelming and cause some of us to have feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem.

Here are some excerpts from a book published by Hazelden (1975 – USA) called Twenty-Four Hours a Day.  I find that this helps to ground me and I hope that this may help others too.

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept from fear and apprehension.  One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.  Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.  All the money in world cannot bring back yesterday.  We cannot undo a single act we performed.  We cannot erase a single word we said.  Yesterday is gone beyond recall.

The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and perhaps its poor performance.  Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.  Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.  Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.

This only leaves one day – today!  Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burden of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down.  It is not the experience of today that drives us mad.  It is the remorse or bitterness for something which has happened yesterday or the dread of what tomorrow may bring.  Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.”

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