I read a quote about someone who was trying to lose weight, and had about 100 pounds to lose. Instead of focusing on the enormous task of losing that much weight, the woman chose to think of the journey as one pound a hundred times. It seems like an easier task, doesn’t it? Rejoice in the one pound gone and focus on the next pound, and so on. We need to concentrate on one day at a time, and to take each day as it comes. To deal with things as they happen, and not to make plans or to worry about the future.
Can you say that you’ve lived through a lot of changes, but that you’ve learned to take it one day at a time? I didn’t know that “take it one day at a time” is a common mantra of 12-step recovery programs, but it makes sense. Focusing on the big picture could be overwhelming and tiring. You try to get through the day wondering how you’ll get through the day.
Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.
This one-day-at-a-time concept is how I approach my work life. I’ve been working for many years and I see retirement on the horizon. If I chose to focus on one day in the future where I officially leave the work force, it seems overwhelming. If I focus on waking up on Monday, then Tuesday, and so on, it’s a bit easier to swallow.
It didn’t help, however, when I woke up to hear my alarm (playing the song “Brand New Day!”) and I heard myself say out loud “OH CRAP!”