This Day Poem

This always keeps me strong:

This day…
I will start this day differently than others.

I will look clearly at the morning.
I will walk out with my cup of coffee, and take some time to look at the flowers and the trees.
I will see the weather, and look to see what weather is coming for the next few days.
I will recognize the season, and see what the next few weeks will bring.
I will experience the clarity of my head this morning, and how that is different from how things used to be.
I will appreciate the changes that I have made in my life to make this clarity happen. Mornings used to be different.

I will make some small difference in my world today.
I will make some small difference in someone else’s world today: my daughter’s, my son’s, my friend’s? Yours?
I will change my pattern of behavior again today, and it will be better.
I will make a list today of the things I have done, instead of making a list of the things I should do.
I will look at other people in a different way today, and that way will be positive–not judgmental or hostile.
At the end of this day I will count what I have done, count the days gone right, and not dwell on or count the days that didn’t measure up to my expectations.

At the end of this day, I promise, I will look at my children and see what they have done right, not wrong, and I
will tell them about it as they are lying sleepy in bed. That will ease their day and help them sleep well.

At the end of this day I promise, I will look at what I have done right, too. That will ease my day and help me sleep well.

Then, tomorrow….

I will look clearly again at the morning. No matter how grey the sky.