It was one Christmas a long time ago when I found under the tree a book titled “Only for today: The daily decalogue” by Angelo Roncalli. This tiny book had an everlasting effect on my life and continue to do so even today. Who is Angelo Roncalli? One of my favorite saints who happened to become a Pope. Yes, Pope John XXIII is Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli who was born into a peasant family on November 25, 1881, in Sotto il Monte, Italy. From these modest beginnings, Angelo’s path would take him to Sainthood! However, the man who became the ‘Good Pope’ remained humble, simple, and open to others throughout his life.
Here they are, ten tips for living a better life, one day at a time!
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 behavior; 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 ten 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.
6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.
9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.