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Rules for a Perfect Day

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I'm on vacation this week, and stumbled upon this list while going through old scrapbook memories my dad recently gave me.  This is probably 30 years old, but the principles are timeless.  Capturing this in my blog will ensure I'm intentional about reading this every so often.  I don't necessarily agree with each point as stated, but still good stuff.
Here goes:

1) Just for today, I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problem at once.  I can do some things for twelve hours that would apall me if I felt I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

2) Just for today, I will be happy.  This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true that "most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."  Happiness is from within-- it is not a matter of externals.

3) Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.  I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

4) Just for today, I will take care of my body.  I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it and not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my will.

5) 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 all day.  I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. 

6) 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 it, it will not count.  I will do at least two things I don't want to do, as William James suggests, just for the exercise.  I will not show anyone my feelings are hurt.  They may be hurt, but today I will not show it. 

7) Just for today, I will be agreeable.  I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with flattery, criticize not one bit nor find fault with anything, and not try to regulate nor improve anyone. 

8) Just for today, I will have a program.  I will write down just what I expect to do every hour.  I may not follow it exactly, but I'll have it.  It will save from the two pests -- hurry and indecision. 

9) Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour, all my myself, and relax.  In this half hour, some time, I will think of God, in order to get a little more perspective to my life.

10) Just for today, I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love and to believe that those I love, love me...

Dean Andrews (not the author of the above)
"Today is gone.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one.   Everyday, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."  Dr. Seuss

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