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lessons on perspective.
   
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 twelve hours that would appall me if I felt 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 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 to it.

Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways:  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; 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, 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 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.

Kenneth L. Holmes
   

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It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue,
and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious
to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which
we look.  To affect the quality of the day--that is the highest of arts.

Henry David Thoreau

  
   

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