“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.” Charles Spurgeon
When emotions are high during the holiday season, it’s easy to worry about the upcoming visitation or encounter with difficult family members. But if we consider each day a gift that will not be experienced again, we will make each day count.
Living one day at a time as a stepparent means we wipe the slate clean every morning of previous hurts and offenses, starting new for the day with a positive attitude. We don’t burden ourselves with concerns of tomorrow that may not happen anyway, but stay focused on what we can do today to positively impact those around us.
We can remind ourselves that God will never give us more than we can handle if we choose to meet only the responsibilities of today, not yesterday or tomorrow.
If past holidays have been difficult, we may project that the next one will be also. But we determine what kind of celebration we will have and whether we will allow others to interrupt our joy. We can learn from our past and do things differently, while choosing not to place blame or wallow in self-pity.
I love the quote, “Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.”
Determine to make every day of this holiday season a special one. Focus on what you can change and let go of what you can’t. Begin today with a renewed commitment to live one day at a time.
“Therefore, do not wory about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Are you facing unusual challenges this season? Will you strive to live one day at a time as you meet those challenges?