Just For Today



Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve 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 assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

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 to it.

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 exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. 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; they 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, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but 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 two pests: hurry and indecision.

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.


Note: The “Just For Today” thoughts are from a bookmark produced by:

Al-Anon Family Group
Headquarters, Inc.
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
Phone: (757) 563-1600 Fax: (757) 563-1655



  1. Elaine Martin

    Im feeling like I falling into a big dark hole that I don’t know how to get out of, been crying for the past few days, my husband is an emosionally abusive drunk and when I try to get some help from his family they are uncorporative, the’re… tired of his shit also…all the doors I’ve been calling for help have been slamed in my face… whats a person to do…not to sure how much more I can take before I have a breakdown then who where be there fo our children certanily not him..please pray for me to get the strenght I need to deal with this…

    • See if you can find an Al-Anon meeting Elaine. If you look under useful links at the top of the page you will find a link to the Al-Anon site. From there you can locate meetings in your area. There are also “online” meetings. Have you looked at any of the literature used in Al-Anon? If you click on the books link there are some for sale there through Amazon …you are not alone (((((((((((((((Elaine))))))))))))

    • Checking in to see how you are…prayers are always with you xo

  2. DrT

    powerful stuff–How did Elaine do?

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