Just for Today

Just for today I will try to live through this day only & not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appal me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is & not try to adjust everything else to my desires. I will take my luck as it comes & fit myself into 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 & concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn & 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 good as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything & 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 & indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself & relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid. I will enjoy that which is beautiful & will believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

16 thoughts on “Just for Today

  1. thats all very lovely, except the part about not showing if your feelings are hurt, that just doesnt seem right to me. thats dishonest. with oneself and others.

  2. My sponsor read the JFT meditation over the phone to me this morning. I now have the strength to carry on just for today. With gratitude, Gerry

  3. Just for To-day if i maintain my spiritual condition o k (which means close contact with my HP of my understanding) the alcohol cunning baffling powerful could not wrap me. thank to AA for the awareness.

  4. Just , for today , “God you direct me in al that follows. I have a tumor on 1 kidney and so gratefull to be in recovery , always, in sobriety! “God has shown me the way to go! “Sanity has returned, thus I trust in Him. “I have love from my AA friends which are indiscribable with what they have to offer! “My soul is with them all , and I am not alone. “United we stand!!!!!! _ “Amen

  5. i have lost my kids, house, and owe on bills. i never thought my addiction would get this far so fast. i need help to fight this addiction and get my life back together. if anyone has any suggestions plez post them up. putting at the end of ur message 4HNA thank you!!!!!

    1. Oct 27,2010
      For those like Crystal (April 10, 2010). Many of us have gone on to the bitter ends and flip flopped for many years. No relief will come from outside sources for inside problems. We on our own must see that we have hit bottom. We must admit to only ourselves 100 percent beyond doubt that we have become exactly what step one suggests. No relief will come until then. I have tired it all to fix my problem and been in and out of the program for years and failed to see that my own admission was the relief I needed. I have admitted this and do it everyday. What helped me to make my admission 100 percent was knowing what powerlessness and unmanageable was. I had to know this and connect it to my inner life (thought,feelings and responses) and why I drank and used (for power to live and manage). This is the beginning of the way out and towards a place we never knew or experienced…”Peace and Serenity”.

    2. Pray/Talk to your higher power many times a day (at first i would set an alarm to help me remember that i DoD have a Higher Power). Read the Big Book and work the steps with your sponsor. Go to meetings so you can see that your not the only one, and learn from others their mistakes. Bless you. Keep conning back it truly does work.

  6. i agree karen it is so easy to follow but like it says I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. i think if every one in life lived by this the world would be nearly perfect as we all know there is no such thing as perfection :)

  7. When overwhelmed this is so easy to follow,
    if only we all practised it daily the world would be a better place Karen

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