The title of this post has multiple meanings. It was once a TV show about a single Indianapolis mother who was raising two teenage girls. It was a comedy but also showed some of the serious sides of parenthood. It is also a theme associated with Alcoholic’s Anonymous. That is you work through each day at a time to stay sober. But, I want to take the phrase and apply it to our retirement years, and maybe even the time outside those years.
I am a dreamer. That is a good thing, but it also can be a bad thing. I am constantly dreaming about what the future may hold for me. Yes, I continue to do that even in my senior years. Sometimes that dreaming crowds out what is going on around me at the time.
But the problem with just dreaming is that it is not the most fruitful way to spend your day. Dreaming is valuable but really not very productive. For that reason, I have vowed live each day as it comes. As a person who has more days behind than ahead, I need to cherish each day as it comes. You never know when will be your last one.
When I say cherish I don’t mean that I have to go skydiving every day. But it does mean doing something fruitful with the current 24 hours. Sometimes that means blogging here on RJsCorner, sometimes it means reading a book, and yes sometimes it means just enjoying the beauty around me. But what it doesn’t mean is to spend the day on the couch glued to whatever TV show I can find. It doesn’t mean feeling sorry for myself because of an ongoing health issue. It means “living” one day at a time and being able to look back on each day and say “I accomplished something”.
Life, especially for us seniors, is just too short to slither the days away with meaningless dribble. Don’t waste a single day of your life as you will never get it back…