Wisdom of the Ages 400

Christine Kilian of Johannesburg, South Africa emailed a contribution to the Wisdom of the Ages project, it reads:

Alcoholics Anonymous have a list of things to do JUST FOR TODAY. I have listed a few of these, which I have learned are very valuable, regardless of your circumstances:

Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do some things 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. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways: (1) I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. (2) I will do at least two things I don’t want to do – just for exercise. (3) 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 have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of 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 the world, so the world will give to me.

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