Monday, January 26, 2009

Meaningful Monday


There are two days in every week about which we should not worry. Two days which should be kept free 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 the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.

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

This just leaves only one day . . . Today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities -yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people mad. It is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us therefore live but one day at a time.
~ Jennifer Kritsch

Let us, therefore, "live one day at a time."

"You can plan for tomorrow and hope for the future, but don't live in it. Live this day well and tomorrow's strength will come tomorrow."

So, today, try to do any of the following:

Handle the hardest job. Easy ones are pleasures. Do not be afraid of criticism. Be glad and rejoice in the other fellow's success. Be enthusiastic -- it is contagious. Be fair and do no at least one decent act. Have confidence in yourself; believe you can do it. Harmonize your work. Let sunshine radiate and penetrate your relationships.

Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Fore go a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Speak love.

Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, and be gentle. Laugh a little more. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

Welcome change as a friend; try to visualize new possibilities and the blessings it is bound to bring you. Never stop learning and never stop growing. Cheer someone.

Fight temptation. Pray for yourself and for someone. Go to church. Plant a tree. Don't ride, walk. Run for your own sake. Jog to shed extra weight. Sing to your heart's content.

Clean your drawer or table. Quit smoking. Wear a new shoes or shirt. Have fun. Compliment your teacher or professor. Listen.

Each day is filled with so many opportunities to experience the richness of life.

~Charles W. Shedd


Ohhh Wow!! What a wonderful, meaningful Monday this is turning out to be. I just happened to notice that my daughter's blog had moved to the top of my list this morning. Tersie has been on vacation from her blog for quite a while and it thrills me that she is posting again. Please stop by "The Road To Total Growth-Body Mind And Spirit" and welcome Tersie back.

Wishing you a blessed week

"One Day At A Time"


Betty said...

What an inspiring and uplifting post. How much better off we would all be if we only tried to live just one day at a time. Forget about the past and handle tomorrow when it gets here.

Mountain Mama said...

This is a very inspirational post. I read something yesterday about the same thing. Take care of today, let yesterday go and don't worry about tomorrow.
Now if I can just do it!

Jess said...

How wonderful and also inspirational...thanks for the up-lift!

Have a great week
Love, Jess

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love this post...great advice...thanks for posting it!


PEA said...

Hello dear Jo:-)

I've got so much catching up to do, that's what happens when one doesn't do any visits for a few days! lol What a truly inspirational post this was, it really made me realize how important TODAY always is. Thank you for sharing this with us, it was an eye opener:-) xoxo

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Wow.. what wonderful and inspiring words to find here at the end of the day..I need to print this and read it daily to remind myself of the meaning of living for today!!!
Thanks for sharing. Baba

Gene Bach said...

That's a way cool piece that you posted there. I enjoyed reading it. Very ture indeed.

Tracy said...

I loved this post. I also needed to hear it. Thank you for this wonderful reminder in living in today.... Thank you for coming by my blog and remembering me. Hugs Jo.

Blessings sent your way.