You’ve all heard the expression “One day at a time.” It’s very good advice, and sometimes we remember and sometimes we don’t! It’s easy to get caught up with worry for tomorrow. Living with COVID-19, I think we are learning to take one day at a time, because we’re forced to take one day at a time! We realize how much this pandemic is out of our control. We assess what we can control and make the best of it – isolation being one example – and we’re learning patience as I reflected on in my Monday reflection.
Here are some good thoughts to help us take one day at a time:
– think of little everyday accomplishments – give yourself a pat on the back.
– think of all the minutes, hours and days we’ve sacrificed to worry and fear – they add up to years of your life!
– focus your attention on this very moment. Concentrate on the sights and sounds around you, the earth beneath your feet, the reality of the here-and-now. This practice grounds you.
– we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so don’t leap ahead – the future is unpredictable. Life, taken in small increments, becomes bearable and recognizably precious.
– deal with one challenge at a time – break into manageable-size steps.
– don’t blow things out of proportion; we can’t mend all problems in a single day.
– what bad habit can I change today?
– what good fortune, no matter how modest, can I celebrate?
– what joy can I acknowledge today?
– on this new day, search out any negative feelings left over from yesterday. Let them go – they interfere with your serenity.
– all we have is today. Ask: “What can I do about this right here, right now? It separates today’s problems from those belonging to the past or the future.
Jesus tells us: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Matthew 6: 34.
Jesus also says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11: 28.
Can we trust that God and Jesus will lead us through this one day, guiding and directing us to be the best we can be, so that when the future arrives, we are prepared to work with whatever it brings. This leaves us time to enjoy the gifts this one day offers. We savour life one day at a time. We leave the future in God’s hands.
In closing, listen to the song “One Day at a Time” beautifully sung by this very talented quartet – their harmony is exquisite. As the song says: “Lord help me today, show me the way, one day at a time!”
Enjoy your day! Blessings, Rev. Mary