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This collection of actions to be taken was written by Sybyl F. Partridge in 1916. Sybyl wrote these words and used them in a workshop she gave in the 20's and 30's her works have been used and copied as handouts for many 12 step programs It is a gem And Sybyl deserves to be known for her contribution. As a fellow Author I salute her and acknowledge her contribution to me. Her words of wisdom have helped millions of people, most of whom do not know who to thank so for them I Say thank You Sybyl
1. Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true , that "most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.
2. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.
3. Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.
4. Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
5. Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways; I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don't want to do as William James suggests, just for exercise.
6. Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.
7. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.
8. Just for today I will have a program. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.
9. Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax. In this half hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.
10. Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.
If we want to develop a mental attitude that will bring us peace and happiness, here is Rule #1:
Think and act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful.
Written by Sybil F. Partridge 1916 and printed in
"How To Stop Worrying, And Start Living" by Dale Carnegie, 1951
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|Reviewed by Laurence Holbrook (Reader)
|I question attribution to Sybil Partridge -
It is true that Ms. Partridge wrote a hymn "Just For Today" (JFT) that gained a fair amount of notoriety, apparently because it was adopted by several protestant churches - and while that hymn is thematically similar, the content is not -
It is also true that JFT is quoted in Dale Carnegie's book, as you mentioned - the same attribution is also mentioned in "Dale Carnegie's Scrapbook" -
Lastly, another individual found a version of JFT in "The Treasure Chest," edited by Charles L. Wallis, copyright, 1965. In it, acknowledgement is made to "This Week" for "Just for Today" by Kenneth L. Holmes, copyright 1953, by the United Newspapers Magazine Corporation.
At this point, I was confused over the authorship and submitted it to the "Quote Investigator", Garson O'Toole, whom I was very happy to learn, undertook an investigation - His results are posted here:
A Presbyterian minister, Dr.Frank Crane wrote a column for the Boston Globe, "Dr.Crane Says" - On May 29, 1921, he published "Just For Today" in his column with a 1921 copyright - unfortunately that article is not freely available - I did purchase a copy of that article for verification -
I agree with O'Toole's conditional attribution to Dr. Frank Crane -
There are unanswered questions -
* I have touble believing that Dale Carnegie would have made a mistake -
* I believe Ms Partridge died in 1917, I am puzzled by your comment that she used them in workshops in the 20's and 30's -
I am curious if you can provide any more information to support attribution to Ms. Partridge?
|Reviewed by jennifer majewski (Reader)
I wanted to leave you this post based on your information. I have a piece of sheet music written by a woman named Jane Bingham Abbott called Just for To Day. She gives credit(actually it says "authentically traced) to Miss Sibyl F. Partridge of Liverpool England. The song is written in 1894 so the poem MUST be older than that. I am not sure if this information will help you track down exactly who Sibyl (how its spelled on this music) F. Partridge is. ps. this song is a duet, soprano in A flat, alto in F. Below are the Sheet music Lyrics:
Lord, for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray;
Keep me, my God from stain of sin, Just for Today;
Let me no wrond or idle word Unthinking say;
Set Thou a seal upon my lips, Just for Today.
In Pain and sorrow's cleansing fires, Brief be my stay;
oh, bid me if to lay i die, come home to day;
So for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray,
But Keep me, guide me, love me Lord; Just for Today.
Let me both diligently work, and duly pray;
let me be kind in word and deed, Just for today;
Let me in season, Lord, be grave, in season gay;
Let me be faithful to Thy grace, Just for today.
In pain and sorrow's cleansing fires, Brief be my stay;
Oh, take me in thy loving arms lest I should stray,
So for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray,
But keep me, guide me, love me Lord, Just for Today.
If you have any information on Jane Bingham Abbott circa 1894 please let me know what you have. Im trying to curate this sheet music and get it sent to the right museum but I want to learn as much about it as I possibly can first!!
|Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
|Thank you for posting this, it is very wonderful!!!
Peace, Love, and light,
Amber Vivianna Moonstone
Tuchy (Carl) Palmieri