Dear Abby column from January 1, 2004

Just for today, I will live through this day only. 

I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. 

I will not set far-reaching goals or trying to overcome all my problems at once. 

I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. 

Just for today, I will be happy.  I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me.  If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today, I will accept what is.  I will face reality.  I will correct those things I can correct accept those I cannot.

Just for today, I will improve my mind.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.  I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for tdoay, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. 

I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I will not speak ill of others. 

I'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. 

Just for today, I'll refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today, I will do something positive to improve my health. 

If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. 

If I'm overweight, I'll eat healthily – if only for today. 

And just for today, I'll get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

Just for today, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions. 

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~ by twilightmelfina on December 5, 2004.

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