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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Just for today

by Charity Tahmaseb

My son attends after school care at the YMCA (note: parents, if you have an active kid, this is a great program). This week, however, instead of zipping in and snagging one of the reserved parking spaces for childcare pickup, I’ve circled the lot.

And circle the lot. No one’s budged from a single reserved-just-for-childcare-pickup space. Clearly someone is playing fast and loose with those. Other cars join me. We’re like vultures, ready to descend on the next open spot, even if it means hiking a good quarter mile to the door.

Eventually, I find a spot. Not a reserved-just-for-childcare-pickup one either, mind you. I slog my way to the door only to find there’s a line at the ID checker.

I’m standing behind two guys in their thirties. Regulars. You can tell by the skintight exercise togs they wear. These are not men with body image issues. These are not men with body fat.

One turns to the other. “Yep,” he says. “You can tell it’s January.”

In that moment, I knew my parking dilemma was temporary. Come February, if not sooner, I’d be back in the reserved-just-for-childcare-pickup.

And you know what? That made me kind of sad. Real life can be so overwhelming that I’m sure for some, those New Year’s resolutions, goals, and dreams aren’t just on the back burner, they’ve been knocked off the stove.

This month in her column, Dr. Debra talks about using the “Just for Today” concept from Alcoholics Anonymous. She says, in part:

This is a lot to pack into one day, especially with everything else you have to do. But if you were to only do it for one day, then you’d manage. The idea is to get creative. Everyone can be creative for one day. You might have to work out or write during your lunch hour. You might need to write while watching your son’s baseball game. Or you might get in your exercise by walking laps around the baseball diamond while you watch his game. By planning and using the “just for today” concept, you can make it happen.
So, just for today, I challenge everyone to pick an item from their New Year’s resolutions, goals, and dreams list and do one thing to get closer. I have a lunch date with my WIP.

What are you going to do today?

Remember. It’s just for today.


At 10:09 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

I'm working on my writing goals by revising my newest ms, am going to work out, and going to do some catch-up reading. I know what you mean about January. Curves was very busy yesterday.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

I have been slacking off from working on my revisions, but I have gone back to Curves and I have taken some control of my eating, already losing a couple pounds.

Just for today, I'm going to tackle my revisions.....


At 2:45 PM, Blogger anno said...

Just for today, I'm going to make the phone calls I hate to make to resolve the insurance billing problems I hate to resolve. Then I'll have a clean desk and a clear conscience to face more interesting projects.

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Judy T said...

Just for today, work is done, so I'm going to write in two stories. I can do that, today.

At 5:44 AM, Blogger bridget said...

Today, I'll pay my bills. Could I get any more boring?

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Judy T said...

Bridget, it isn't boring if you think about what happens if you don't pay those bills. :-D

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

I am going to exercise and write! So far I have stuck to my 2007 goals and it feels good. Sadly, my gym already has a lot more parking places than it did the first week of January.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

Well, I should get my taxes together. That would make my step-daughter/accountant very happy when she gets back from Mexico. Ugh.

There are some medical and insurance issues I need to deal with. Ugh.

Maybe I should work on being less avoidant. I've needed to confront a couple of people on some things that have been hurtful, but I just have immense trouble doing that when they are people I care a lot about. I fear what I say will go unheeded or perhaps even destroy the relationship, and sometimes I just can't get past that fear. Errrr...

I know-- I'll get back to work on the WIP, which is at least something exciting.


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