Presence – stay in today, it’s better that way

blue skies, nothing but blue skies

The one day we have is today. I follow the ODAT or One Day at a Time principle. If there is something that is not working out at the moment, whether it is in my control or not, I can deal with some part of it in the short term or in the next 24 hours. What I can act on today I will, what I can’t do today I’ll plan when I can. Today, I can move in the direction of acceptance, and what I can change about the perspective I have, I can do immediately.

Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not take my whole life problem [or the world’s] at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

quote from Just For Today – The Blue Book

So one day at a time builds into a lifetime of days between birth and death, the full circle of life. It is in the moment though, that we express our true selves, sometimes gaining, sometimes losing in the extremes and routines of life circumstances. Today, I will love. Today, I will survive. Today, I will thrive. Just for today, since tomorrow carries its own troubles and promise, yesterday, its own regrets and memories. All have a part, all make me who I am today: grateful and content. Today, that is my prayer for you as well. Best, Mary

A new week, a new look at gratitude

A number of weeks into a new world with virus leading the way to healthier habits, there is a list of 5 things to be grateful for that I’ve come up with today:

Appreciating the stars that light the night sky.

Grateful for being able to avoid wear and tear of shoes as they are most often off my feet.

I am truly grateful for my husband’s enthusiasm to get out of the house while I stay in the house.

The grocery shopping is gracefully taken care of by my husband, whose almost daily outings include a visit to market, to market-with mask, gloves, and wipes for protection.

Family interactions are challenging, loving, emotionally charged, and tender, all in the life of a day and a “day in the life” of me.


Gratefulfillment – being grateful leads to fulfillment, every time.  Even in the most trying times, the gratitude list for me grounds me.  Just writing down 5 particular things that day to be grateful for, I lift my spirits, no matter where they fall on the emotional scale.  Fulfillment without gratitude may be a fleeting thing, with gratitude, I am fulfilled.


fulfillment anywhere