Your next 12 hours.

I came across a paper containing the following poem.  It was with other items that belonged to my dad.  As I read it, I saw many familiar things that reminded me of my sweet Daddy.  I hope you enjoy.

Your Next Twelve Hours

Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.  Just for today, I will be happy.  I will assume to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, “My folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind, I will study.  I will learn something useful.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.  Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.  Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways:  I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out.  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 well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything, and not try to improve or regulate anybody but 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 and indecision.  Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself.  During this half hour, I will try and get a better perspective on my life.  Just for today, I will be unafraid.  Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to this world, so that the world will give back to me.  Just for today, I will recognize God as my Heavenly Father, and that I am His child; and to think, act accordingly.  Just for today, I will begin the day upon awakening by praying; “This is the day which the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!”  Just for today, I will pray at noon for the world’s greatest need: “Grant peace, O God, in our time.  Amen.”  Just for today, I will give back to God this day before going to sleep in this cover prayer:

“O Lord, Thou knowest how it live’ All I’ve done amiss, forgive’ All of good I’ve tried to do, Strengthen, bless, and carry through; All I love in safety keep – While in Thee, I fall asleep.”





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