Most of us have more than one life motto that we live by–the notions we believe in are the ones that change our lives. This is a life motto we can all come back to when we find ourselves overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending demands of being a human. It’s a motto for peace, and a call for us to love and really live.
“Although time seems to fly by, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
Eventually, all the pieces will fall into place. For now, live for the day you’re standing in, and focus on what you can do here.
A Life Motto to Live By: One Day at a Time
“I take it one day at a time. I deal with life day by day. I wasn’t living before, I was just existing.” – Bryan Nissen
Gabby Bernstein shares an awesome video on the topic of living life one day at a time. She talks about how it gave her “such solace” during the difficult time of sobering up. For all of us, no matter our circumstances, getting back to that “one day at a time” mindset can get us back to peace and joy in the moment. We can free ourselves, because this is more than just a life motto: this is a call to reclaim our power, which rests always in the present.
Gabby continues to share that when life starts to get good again, and we feel in control again, we tend to lose sight of this day and focus on what we can do this month, or this year. We focus on a whole project rather than the individual tasks, because we feel good about what we can do. And we should feel good! But what happens when we lose sight of this day is that we start to release control again, and we lose our ability to enjoy and live today.
Taking life one day at a time encourages us to let go of what hurt us a long time ago, and give up on trying to itemize our entire future. It gives us an opportunity to experience our life right now with the awareness that each moment we breathe is a gift. This is a simple, powerful practice we can all come back to over and over again, for deeper peace and greater fulfillment.
Appreciating this Day
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” – Dalai Lama
We sweat the small stuff. The hurts of our past are constantly knocking on our doors, and we let them in. We get so worried about how we’re going to feel at the end of our lives. But what about right now? What about today? Isn’t there something so life-giving about showing up for yourself right in the moment you’re standing in?
If we accept the moment, or at least the day (because that’s something that might be more achievable for us), then we can live it and act upon it. If we don’t even recognize it, we not only devalue its worth but we reject it entirely. If we don’t give it our attention, how can we see it for what it is and either enjoy it fully, learn from it truly, or change our path intentionally?
Living for this day is such a liberating feeling. I think it’s worthy of our attention, whether we’re feeling stuck and stressed or we’re feeling strong and well. When we’re all here, we can finally ask ourselves, “What am I grateful for? Who needs my love? How can I more fully live and love today?”
You may also enjoy this affirmation to let it go and live for today.
- What’s your life motto?
- Are you willing to live one day at a time?
- Do you believe in the miracle of this moment, and the gift of life that’s available now?
- How do you stay in the moment, or in this day?
Please share your thoughts on taking it one day at a time, any lessons in being present, and relevant experiences with me in the comments.
Share this life motto with someone who might appreciate and use it today.
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