Og Mandino (for the Rest of My Life)

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For the Rest of My Life . . . For the rest of my life there are two days that will never again trouble me. The first day is yesterday with all its blunders and tears, its follies and defeats. Yesterday has passed forever bye my control. The other day is tomorrow with its pitfalls and threats, its dangers and mystery. Until the sun rises again, I have no stake in tomorrow, for it is still unborn. With God's help and only one day to concentrate all my effort and energy on, this day, I can win! Only when I add the burden of those two frightening eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, am I in danger of faltering under the load. Never again! This is my day! This is my only day! Today is all there is! Today is the rest of my life and I…show more content…
To embrace adversity as a friend who will teach me far more about myself than any joyful run of success and good fortune. To remember that failures, even when they occur, are only guides to success, since every discovery of what is false will lead me to seek after what is true, and every experience teaches me some form of error that shall afterward be carefully avoided. To rejoice over what I have, little though it may be, always recalling the oft-told tale of the man who was sobbing because he had no shoes until, one day, he met a man who had no feet. For the rest of my life, this very special day, God help me. For the rest of my life, this very special day, God help me. To accept myself as I am without ever allowing my conscience or sense of duty to force me to live a life's pattern designed solely for the benefit of others. To realize that I must never accept the praise and love of people as a measure of my personal worth, since my true value depends far more on how I feel about myself and how involved I am in the world outside myself. To resist the temptation to surpass the achievements of others, since this pathetic and yet common desire is no more than a sign of insecurity and weakness and I will never be me if I allow others to set my standards. To ignite all my actions, both at work and play, with constant sparks of enthusiasm so that my excitement and zeal at whatever I am doing will subdue all difficulties

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