If we’re going through a difficult time right now, we can remind ourselves that we only have to do this one day. We don’t have to—we can’t—tackle all our life’s challenges right now. We only have today to deal with.
If a door opens, that’s the door we’re meant to walk through. We will be given all the strength we need to go through the steps we have to take today.
Tool For Tuesday: If I am worried and full of fear, I will remember that I just have to do today. I can do whatever I have to do today—it’s not something I have to do for the rest of my life.
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
Well yes and no. I tend to live in the present so yes, I do what I do today, now. But some people face the same challenge every single day and they know it will be the same challenge every single day and then there is fear and regret and denial and struggle. There are some events I’m not sure I could cope with.
I hope you’re all right. Normal ‘difficult’ times do pass.
That is a good point, Julia. I still think that even in the midst of terrible crises, there is something, the smallest thing, of beauty or hope or tenderness that we can focus on…
Diana, you are so on point with this post. And we should try and live each day the same way even when life is good. I keep reminding myself life is a journey and not to worry about reaching the destination. 🙂
Hi Tracy, You are absolutely right. It is the journey not the destination. Or, the journey IS the destination!
I have two dear friends whose mantras have been “One Day At A Time” for many years. One is in AA, and the other is in and out of remission with ovarian cancer. The same struggles, fear, and pains appear day after day, but the theme is the same. As the one in AA says, you can step in the same stream at the same place every day, but the water level makes it a new experience.
Thank you for pointing this out, Marylin. The stream of life constantly changes each day. We only have to be aware!