Poetry

One Day at a Time

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The secret to conquering overwhelm and burnout is learning how to live in the present moment, one day at a time.  Why should we choose to live in the past if the past cannot be changed?  Living in the past, and ruminating over things that cannot be changed or undone only causes us to become depressed. 

Why do we do this to ourselves?  We cannot live in the future, for it does not exist.  By no means am I going to tell you not look forward to the future, sweet sister.  However, tomorrow is not promised to any of us. 

So why should we suffer from anxiety over a future that is not even promised to us?  This is such a waste.  By taking it one day at a time and learning to live in the present, we can experience a greater sense of peace and serenity. 

I don’t know about you sweet sister, but I prefer peace and serenity over anxiety and depression any day.  This is why I have challenged myself to take it one day at a time from this day forth.  Now, it’s your turn!

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ONE DAY AT A TIME

by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

One day at a time, with its failures and fears,

With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,

With its portion of pain and its burden of care;

One day at a time we must meet and must bear.

One day at a time to be patient and strong,

To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong;

Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;

It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring peace.

One day at a time – but the day is so long,

And the heart is not brave, and the soul is not strong,

O Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way;

Give courage and patience and strength for the day.

Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet;

“Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet;

I will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve; I will not forsake thee;

I never will leave.” Not yesterday’s load we are called on to bear,

Nor the morrow’s uncertain and shadowy care;

Why should we look forward or back with dismay?

Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day.

One day at a time, and the day is His day;

He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or delay.

His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone;

As the day, so the strength that He giveth His own.

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