Only For Today

The Happiness Project 2012 Desktop Calendar

Have you read, or heard of, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben? I read it a year or two ago and thought it had some good takeaways, but by no means have I done any sort of large-scale implementation in my life or anything.  But last Christmas I did receive the coordinating 2012 desktop calendar and I have to say, I didn’t expect much–aren’t those things full of fairly useless crap most of the time?- but I’ve really been pleased with how many good little nuggets there have been over the course of the last year.  I say all of that because today’s post is 100% thanks to the little calendar on my desk. It’s such a good reminder that we have to take life one day at a time, and that it is important to make time for the things that feed our soul.  So forgive me for regurgitating information you can get elsewhere, but I thought this would be a great way to start the week with all the holiday madness that has taken hold of the country.  Pope John XXIII wrote a daily decalogue for himself (psst…a decalogue is a basic set of rules carrying binding authority and also another word for the Ten Comandments…so these were his personal commandments to follow daily) and it really is such an interesting way to approach the day. Without further ado, from my calendar:

Pope John XXIII’s Daily Decalogue

Pope John XXIII (pope 1958-1963), know as “The Good Pope” wrote his Daily Decalogue:

  1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
  2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
  3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
  4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
  5. Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

I think number five is my personal favorite.  What things are you striving to do, to be, to remember today? Do you have personal commandments that help keep your day, week, life on course and in appropriate perspective? I’ve never personally written out a decalogue for myself, but I like the idea of this.  Perhaps I will have to work on one for 2013! Who wants to join me?

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