Tool For Tuesday: Don’t Jump Ahead. Just Do Today

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf we’re going through a difficult time right now, we can remind ourselves that we only have to do this one day. We don’t have to—we can’t—tackle all our life’s challenges right now. We only have today to deal with.

If a door opens, that’s the door we’re meant to walk through. We will be given all the strength we need to go through the steps we have to take today.

Tool For Tuesday: If I am worried and full of fear, I will remember that I just have to do today. I can do whatever I have to do today—it’s not something I have to do for the rest of my life.

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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6 Responses to Tool For Tuesday: Don’t Jump Ahead. Just Do Today

  1. juliabarrett says:

    Well yes and no. I tend to live in the present so yes, I do what I do today, now. But some people face the same challenge every single day and they know it will be the same challenge every single day and then there is fear and regret and denial and struggle. There are some events I’m not sure I could cope with.
    I hope you’re all right. Normal ‘difficult’ times do pass.

    • dianabletter says:

      That is a good point, Julia. I still think that even in the midst of terrible crises, there is something, the smallest thing, of beauty or hope or tenderness that we can focus on…

  2. Diana, you are so on point with this post. And we should try and live each day the same way even when life is good. I keep reminding myself life is a journey and not to worry about reaching the destination. 🙂

    • dianabletter says:

      Hi Tracy, You are absolutely right. It is the journey not the destination. Or, the journey IS the destination!

  3. I have two dear friends whose mantras have been “One Day At A Time” for many years. One is in AA, and the other is in and out of remission with ovarian cancer. The same struggles, fear, and pains appear day after day, but the theme is the same. As the one in AA says, you can step in the same stream at the same place every day, but the water level makes it a new experience.

    • dianabletter says:

      Thank you for pointing this out, Marylin. The stream of life constantly changes each day. We only have to be aware!

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