Just for Today- (Elizabeth Monaco)

As I struggled to stifle the hurt pounding my chest during the unbearable task of organizing my Grandmother’s life, I noticed the slightly opened drawer of her bedside table was still untouched. I slid my hand through the stuck drawer and discovered her bible. Upon lifting it a smooth yellowed piece of paper sprung forth and then gently eased its way towards the berber. Had I discovered some hidden treasure, I thought, and was paralyzed as I watched the ceiling fan force its worn crease and torn edges to dance across the floor. As I pulled it near I could still smell her perfume and clutched the note in fear that I might somehow lose her again.  She was a strong person-who had come to America from Lithuania on a boat with her two brothers during WWII and had lived in the basement of an undertaker’s home in Cicero, IL. I had never heard her cry and I can’t recall a time I wasn’t filled with absolute joy every time I saw her. I slowly unfolded the paper and saw a glimpse into her strength:

“Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. This is assumed to be true, that most 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 not be a mental loafer. 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. I will take my luck as it comes, and fit myself into it.

Just for today I will be mindful of three important things: 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; that 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 except 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 three pests: hurry, indecision, and waste.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax. During this half hour leisure, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

Just for today I will have no fear. 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.”





About bdehaven

DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans-that's why he lives in Las Vegas. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost's agenda in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper.(and enterprise Michael Enzo Bankrupt) He also has a "shout out" in a Jay "Z" Song. He and Michael Enzo were friends. http://bdehaven.com "A celebrity ghostwriter, you’ve never heard of, examining his own life of crushing addictions and alleged organized crime connections while struggling to present the truth behind our own behaviors." Author of Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo) the #1 Most Wished for Book of the Year on Indie Bound for over 14 weeks
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