One Day at a Time

A mindset or philosophy of breaking down life into daily does, keeping focused, forgetting the past and not worrying about tomorrow

One day is worth two tomorrows. Benjamin Franklin

For fast acting relief, try slowing down. Lily Tomlin

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

  Sometimes life’s challenges seem too much. Our trials and tribulations become overwhelming. Our stress level is an erupting volcano. Everything seems to go wrong. Life becomes a tidal wave which overcomes us. We go backward, not forward. We have very little to feel good about. Life has fallen apart.

   Tragedies, roadblocks, and negative events can confront us at any time. Sometimes, bad circumstances require changing our approach to something more basic. We may have to “draw a line in the sand”, stop going backwards, and to try to shift the momentum from backward to forward. The idea behind “one day at a time” is basic survival mode. It can even be broken down to “one hour at a time” or “one minute at a time”. It is doing whatever is necessary to seize control and stopping the negative momentum. It requires decisive action.

   We have to become focused. There is need to get stabilized and get firm footing. Once we can shift momentum to forward, we can pick up our speed. And get back to some semblance of order. The key concept is to “survive. It can be like treading water. Sometimes, we see only the bad; we cannot “see the forest for the trees: “one day at a time” requires shortening our time horizon to the very present , setting small goals, taking baby steps, getting very short-sighted, blotting out everything unnecessary, and concentrating on some type of progress. It requires extreme patience and being very tolerant and forgiving of ourselves. It requires that we concentrate on basic building blocks. This approach requires us to think short term. If we can do these things, each day becomes a building block to something better. The goal is to make a little progress daily by taking small steps.

    If we moved a rock each day and stared a pile, eventually, we would build a mountain. If we wrote a page every day, eventually we would write a book. We can use this approach to accomplish great and wonderful achievements. If each day we make progress, we find ourselves going forward. “One day at a time: can help us to survive as well as to “build mountains”. Adding this powerful technique to our arsenal of mental tools helps us withstand our trials and tribulations and helps to insure our positive growth. Sometimes it is all we can do.


Challenge: “One day at a time” makes a difference. Use it to help take charge of negative circumstances in your life. Use it to seize control and start some positive momentum. Set basic and easily defined objectives that can be accomplished in a day. Focus on accomplishing basic steps and avoid thinking about things that are unnecessary. Seize control and stay focused. Do not let anything prevent you from getting it done. Things will get better.

Wisdom: To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy… is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them. Ralph Waldo Trine


Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

Take no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34

Sometimes it is easy to forget that God is our Heavenly Father, knows everything there is to know about us and knows everything that we are experiencing. He wants us to overcome life’s difficulties and to grow in the process. He is available to help us through our trials and tribulations. He can provide us the strength to endure and to find victory. Because we have free will, it is up to us to reach out and to ask him to help


Prayer: Help me to remember you are always there. Please give me strength for handling life’s difficulties.                       



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