Some days, for all our good intentions, seem to go sour from the start. Maybe we're tired or feeling ill or preoccupied with a problem that seems insurmountable. Maybe we just got up on the wrong side of the bed.
Living one day at a time means getting the most we can out of today. It also means we know today does not have to doom or dictate tomorrow. If we have a bad day today, that's all it is - a bad day. It does not mean we're bad or that the world is against us or that we might as well give in to our worst attitudes and behaviors since nothing is going right anyway. And it does not mean tomorrow will be a bad day, too.
When we have a bad day - and everyone does - there are a few things we can do while we wait it out. We can slow down. We can be quiet. And we can let go. How else will we be able to recognize a wonderful day?
Am I living today - good or bad - and not tomorrow or yesterday?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.