Just For Today, I Will ….

by Al Smith


Decide to make a difference.  Really go out and “Inspire & Influence Positive Change”

Focus on the HOW acronym. Honest, Open-mind, Willing; and Help Others Win.

Practice Gratitude.  So many things to be grateful for.

Keep a Positive attitude throughout the day.  No matter what.

Remove my ego from all situations.  When I do, I can be “A Part Of” rather than “Apart From”

Smile.  All day.  Or at least until someone smiles back.  Ha.

Acknowledge as many people as possible.  Engage and say hello to all in my path.

Call someone on the phone.  Not just communicate, but actually connect with another human being.

Listen.  Completely give of myself. Value the person enough to really and truly listen.

Pause, when I feel agitated or want to say something that doesn’t need to be said.

Be Patient, Kind and Tolerant.  Especially when driving my car.  (Oh boy)

Appreciate someone.  Tell them they are great and doing a fantastic job.

Respect everyone I come in contact with, regardless of financial status or job.

Encourage someone who is struggling.  We all do sometime.

Forgive someone.  And remember; “Forgiveness is letting go of all hopes for a better past”

Reach out to someone and offer assistance.

Share some knowledge that someone has passed on to me.

Be Optimistic.  Believe it can get better.  Believe It WILL get better.

Persevere.  No matter what. And remember; “You can’t have a testimony without a test”


And I will NOT….. 

Judge others.  And remember; “To be happy, all I have to do is give up my judgements”

Be Negative or pessimistic.  There is enough of that in the world already.


The CARE Movement is all about making a difference and helping others.  We want to improve morale in the workplace and at home. 

We also want to “Inspire & Influence Positive Change” 

I have to remember that it all starts with the man in the mirror.


What do you think ?  What are you going to do today ? 

I look forward to your comments.







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Elena Patrice March 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

Hi Al!!

Today … I’m going to slow down, stand in the sun and breathe in and out slowly – feeling the life that is in me and thank God for the gift of yet another day on this beautiful earth! It will be a glorious day … just because we’re alive to participate in it!!

Love this post – thank you, thank you!

Much kindness,

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Lori Gosselin March 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hi Al! Hi Elena! It starts with the woman in the mirror too ;-)
This is a great list of reminders Al! “Just for today” is a powerful mindset too – one step at a time.
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Gini Dietrich March 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’d really rather do the opposite of everything you suggest. OK?
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Kaarina Dillabough March 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

…do these things and more, today and every day. Cheers! Kaarina
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Jk Allen March 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

Awesome list, Al!

What a difference the world would be if everyone committed to doing these things even for 30 minutes. Wow! I’ll do my part and commit to these for the day. Not only will it benefit others, it will also benefit myself.

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Jeremy Brown March 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

The building blocks to success Al.

This is definitely something everyone should commit to doing. Write down what you’re going to do and then take action. Echoing what JK said, it’ll make those around you better and it will make you better.

Stay motivated!


Craig McBreen March 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Hi Al,

Man, if people would only put this into practice each and every day.

“Be Negative or pessimistic. There is enough of that in the world already.”
–Indeed! Change that perspective and don’t bring me down, man :) We can all easily find reasons to be negative or pessimistic, it’s all about perspective.

I’m doing my best to stay on track with the good stuff you’ve posted here, Al.

Have a great day, thanks!
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Connor March 16, 2012 at 2:29 am

Today, I will try to slow down my pace at work so that I’ll have less stress. I’ll also try to travel another route home, just to change the monotony of daily living.
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Jack@TheJackB March 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

Hey Al,

I can get behind this list. Hope you are doing well.
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Barbara March 16, 2012 at 3:57 am

Hi, Al, wow, what a great post. Thanks so much for reminding me, specially “Pause, when I feel agitated or want to say something that doesn’t need to be said.” Each of us will find something ideally suitable for today, and tomorrow and …

Do not forget to play though, will you?

Big hugs, Barbara
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Siobhan March 26, 2012 at 4:51 am

I love the idea on connecting with someone and just to communicating with them.
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Julie March 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

Inspiring post, I ve tried this several times. But I always got disappointed, if I can’t do these things for only one day, how could I be like this in my everyday life? (what I really wanted to)
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Al Smith March 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

Hi Julie. It is progress not perfection. No one can do them all great. Just keep practicing. Pick one or two things and try them for awhile, then move on on to a couple more. You CAN do this. Just the fact that you commented, let’s me know you are willing to try, which is a lot more than most people. Thank you so much for commenting and making an effort towards Positive Change. Keep me posted on your progress. Take CARE.

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Natalia March 30, 2012 at 4:14 am

Those are the exact words and phrases I need right now. I am dealing with a friend who has suddenly chose to erase me from her life without me knowing the reason why. I really don’t know why but I think I should give her space. Let her do her thing and I’ll just move on. I just can’t believe how people can just make rushed decisions sometimes. Thanks for the good uplifting words up there. :)
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Al Smith March 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thanks for your heartfelt comment Natalia. It is not up to us to ask why. Who knows why ? You gave yourself great advice; “give her space” Try and focus on acceptance and not expectations. Continue to work on yourself, help others and let go and let God.

Take CARE.

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Ralph April 3, 2012 at 7:04 am

Al, first off. First time here and I have to say wow! That list is incredible. Concise and to the point.

“Be Optimistic. Believe it can get better. Believe It WILL get better.” That just resonates with me for a TON of reasons.

Thanks so much for following my twitter feed. I see a lot of other bloggers here that I spend some time with and am glad to be part of your community too.
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Shelley Lundquist April 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

Great post, Al! We all ahve the power to make a difference and make the world a better place. And not just for today, but one day at a time, for as many days as we are blessed with. All we have to do is care.

I care. And I am so thankful for you and your wonderfully giant heart.

“Carry out a simple act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you… ”


Becky April 16, 2012 at 4:36 am

I hope that a lot of people will make a list like this everyday. We all know that great things start from small beginnings; several people doing small good deeds to others will amplifying to a lot of positive change in society.
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