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

What gratitude?

The newest member of our neighborhood was born overnight – bringing a brand new vision of the world into view. And as I look at this day, cautiously optimistic, I realize the newest ones have the optimism that will move humanity beyond what limitations there are right now.

middle aged couple
looking at life from the middle lane
  • grateful today for the birth of my neighbor’s healthy new little girl
  • grateful today for extended family who has more sense than I do
  • grateful today for my mom who is healthy just for today
  • grateful today for my family participating fully in our back n forth real-life banter
  • grateful today for what I miss, what I notice, what I misconstrue – and learn from
dog on deck
it’s a fine life!