If You Have One Foot in Yesterday, and One Foot in Tomorrow, Guess What You’re Doing to Today?

“What day is it?”
‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.
‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
―    A.A. Milne

The answer is a little crude, so I’ll let you figure it out.

Staying in the day, rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future, is an acquired skill, at least it is for me.  It takes commitment, energy, and, most of all, practice, but the effort is really worth it.  Time spent in regret or worry usually amounts to little good.  Focusing on the present brings a peace of mind that this recovering individual has never known.

What’s happened, happened.  What might happen either will or won’t, but worrying about it won’t change the outcome, and it’s not happening right now.  There’s something within arm’s reach that can be enjoyed this very instant, so go do it!

Today’s Miracle:

My 10-year old son wants to try out for a solo piece in his chorus.  After trying and discarding several songs (mostly due to his not knowing the words), we settled on Amazing Grace, and rehearsed it before school.  Is there a better way to start the day than hearing a 10-year old boy singing Amazing Grace with all his heart and soul?

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Posted on January 30, 2013, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The first time I heard that saying partially referenced in your title, I laughed and laughed. It is so hard to stay in the moment, though that’s where all the beauty lies. I wish your son all the best in chorus…what a great way to start the day, indeed.

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  2. Very true! If you’re ever in this neck of the woods, all the meetings here have this as part of the preamble…I would like to share this:

    Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    There are two days in every week that we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

    One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control.

    All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – yesterday is gone!

    The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control.

    Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

    This leaves only one day – today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

    It is not the experience of today that drives people mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

    Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!

    Have a wonderful day and good luck to your son 🙂

    Paul

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