So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34
Every single person reading this newsletter has faced a hard time and will face more tough times in the future. Whether it’s kids, work, or finances, difficult seasons hit us all, but what I’m going to say to you may not resonate until you are actually in the middle of that hard time.
Last year, my husband and I went through a very tough time. First he was in the hospital for 5 days with an infection, and after he came home had to continue to go in for daily intravenous antibiotic injections.
In the midst of caring for him, I became aware that there was a Hurricane called Irma somewhere down in the Atlantic and that it could head our way. A couple of days later, it became even more evident that Irma was going to visit Southwest Florida and that there was a lot that needed to be done to prepare. The burden of prepping was put on me since my husband couldn’t do anything physically.
That in itself was a huge burden to carry.
Then the hurricane hit and left us without power and water for 9 days. My husband was still not mobile and I was still taking him to doctor appointments. We had no air conditioning–which in southwest Florida in the summer is unbearable–and a generator that broke, and every day seemed to bring more problems.
Up until this point, I’d always told my kids when they faced difficult circumstances to live one day at a time, but in the challenges of the those weeks that directive took on a whole new meaning for me.
I literally could not think past today, because it felt like every day brought a new challenge. So I woke up each morning, praying for strength for whatever today brought.
It’s funny what happens when you decide to take one day at a time:
You stop what-iffing.
You worry less.
You rejoice in the little victories of the moment.
I know that many of you are in challenging seasons with your kids right now. May I encourage you to strive to live one day at a time?
It’s okay to plan, but don’t dwell on that plan. Dwell on today.
It’s okay to have goals, but strive to reach one each day, not just looking down the line.
When you are faced with living in survival mode, which I felt like I was in for 2-3 weeks, you realize that thinking too far ahead is too demanding and draining and that it can actually hinder your peace of mind for today.
Whatever challenge you are facing right now, stop looking to tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and start living one day at a time. Worrying and what-iffing about the future takes up space in your head that would be better spent on focusing on what today is giving you.
Would you like help in figuring out how you can learn to live one day at a time? I’m a life coach who specializes in coaching parents. Contact me at email@example.com for more information.