How to Make it


How to Make it

I am often asked "how do you do it day in and day out, 24/7?"  Before Bill's accident, we promised each other that we would not try to be together forever, just tomorrow. Forever was way too long to try and fathom, but we could be there all our tomorrows.  I never realized how important that would be in this journey we are now on.  My daughter, a recovering addict, shared a poem from one of her meetings with me that I feel it applies to our journey, too.  It has been my comfort.

Yesterday  Today  Tomorrow

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow's sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.

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I do not know who to give credit to for this; I just know that it has helped me on this journey. Yes, I have learned from what has happened Yesterday.  Yes, I have to make plans for tomorrow, appointments, therapy, pharmacy, etc. But I do not have to dwell there. And I can do this, TODAY!

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