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Just for Today

I have learned to live for today and not hold on to the past or look to the future for better times.  I first learned this lesson through the medical problems I was experiencing; then when I studied Reiki I learned about the five Reiki principles that are “Just for Today:”   1.  I will not be angry; 2.  I will not worry; 3.  I will be grateful; 4. I will do my work honestly; 5. I will be kind to others.   For me this is a recipe for living in the now, which is important to me.

I do not want to cling to the past, because frankly my past wasn’t all sunshine and flowers.  If I lived in the past I would be negative person who radiates angry and rage.  I  know how I would react, because I used to live in the past and I wasn’t a pleasant person to be around.  I didn’t even want to be around me.

I do not want to look to the future for all my hopes and dreams, because that means I would be waiting for someone or something to rescue me.  Again I know, because I did this for awhile also.  I became resentful, because I would look around and see that everyone, but me was getting what they wanted.  At least that was my frame of mind at the time.  I do not want to envy anyone or be jealous, because it robs me of my future.

I do want to live in the present, in a “For Now” or “Just for Today” frame of mind.  I feel hopeful, joyful and full of sunshine, because I can see the good in my life.  I see people fulfilling their dreams and goals and I think “How awesome is that?”  I do not carry negative emotions – if…no make that when I feel a negative emotion I stop and take care of it.  I turn the negative thought into a positive thought.  For instance “I can’t believe that fool just cut in front of me and now is going 10 miles an hour slower than the speed limit.”  Can you feel the anger in that?  Instead I change it to something like “I am where I need to be, when I need to be at this present moment in time.”  When I look at it this way, I no longer have the anger instead I feel so calm and at peace.  I like this much, much better.

Where do you live: in the past, future or now?

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!



Just for Today, I will…


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8 thoughts on “Just for Today

  1. When I finished crying, being, and feel nothing but self putty. I got that place you’re at. I call it my peace. I accept. My fate. I still have to fight those negative feelings but not as much as before. You shared these words very inspiring.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m in the same place – I still am fighting negative feelings, but as the years go by, it is getting easier and easier to be a positive force for good.

  2. I didn’t know the principles of Reiki – and they are so perfect in their simplicity (though arguably challenging to always practice). Thank you so much for this post!

    • I have found that the simple way often is the hardest to do. I wonder why it’s easier to make life complicated? Something I’m going on ponder on. Thank you!

  3. I don’t know who Reiki is yet this certainly reminds me of something I have read previously from another source. 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration for baby steps. There is a welcome reminder that worry is of little benefit while kindness can cover a multitude of wrongs.

    • Short answer: Reiki is a spiritual path that uses a form of hands-on energy healing. I probably need to post a blog on Reiki. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for your post, Genie.

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