Thoughts for the Day: “Just for Today . . .”

As we are beginning a new year, we often set goals and think about improving ourselves and our lives. The following credo from Al-Anon offers excellent guidelines

“JUST FOR TODAY I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

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 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 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 exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. 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, keep my voice, low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but 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.”

Let’s work on ourselves first as a way to improve our lives and our world.

Happy 2019! Many blessings to you and your family – and your community.

Aloha, Renée


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Thoughts for the Day: “Just for Today . . .””

  1. Sooi_dog says :

    I agree 🙂 some of my 2019 resolutions are to go vegetarian. I’m already on my way for that, really — I don’t eat red meat since a long while ago & am slowly quitting chicken and fish as well —, on my own. Reasons are mostly ethical and ‘cause I don’t wanna anymore bad karma, I don’t wanna hurt any more living beings out of conscientiousness. True, at times I hurt ppl thro stuff I say, but it’s mostly out of nervousness (I’m VERY skittish, like a wild cat!), but I’m working on that too. I’m also working on a gratitude journal, since I’ve decided to be more grateful and stop whining about stuff from this yr on 🙏🏼🌸 and which are urs travel plans for 2019?
    Much love,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi my Brazilian friend: You have good goals & insights. A gratitude journal is an excellent practice too. As for travel for me, the only one I know is Oct in Bali. I’m really busy here at home – and loving it. What are your plans (besides being a good person) for 2019? Aloha, Renée

      • Rosita says :

        uhh, it’s a tough question! lol. But another of my PAWjects are to help an animal in need — I’m almost giving up on Bintang to help that yellow pariah dog (it’s just a generic term I’ve coined for a yellow mutt, a non-derogatory one, unlike the local viralatas) puppy down the street . . . Or I could end up adopting another one from that island my mom works into… even tho Bintang is from there & was already promised. IDK, lol. I’m a total sucker for dogs 😆🌸 if I can’t adopt any more pets aside from Bintang, it’s OK, I’ll keep sponsoring that Balinese puppy from The Bali Dog (a NGO which I supPAWt from InstaGram) 🙂 I’ll also donate some money to Doctors Without Borders on my own, really

      • reneeriley says :

        Thanks for helping wherever you can. Aloha, Renée

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