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Until I was about thirty-eight, the eves of every New Year were spent on penning down the resolutions which would be my goals for the upcoming twelve months. And as every year would have it, the drive and passion behind attaining the goals set out for each resolution would wither away by about the middle of February. And then I came across Kenneth L. Holmes perspective titled “Just For Today”. It basically was a revelation and I have stopped making resolutions ever since, and here it is….

JUST FOR TODAY

Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.
Just for today, I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it.
Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do – just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.
Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.
Just for today, I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.
Just for today, I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me. ~ Kenneth Holmes.

And as a side note, life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and, as life throws you a curve ball or otherwise as it often times does, believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised that it would be worth it.

LIFE’s SEVEN 101’s ~ Origin Unknown

  1. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil the present.
  2. What others think of you is none of your business.Life is all about
  3. Time heals almost everything, give the time some time.
  4. No one is the reason for your happiness except yourself.
  5. Don’t compare your life with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
  6. Stop thinking too much, its alright not to know all the answers.
  7. Smile, you don’t own all the problems in the world.

 

And last but not least………

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 

 

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