Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Day At A Time

I never realized there was such debate over the origins of this phrase. It's commonly accepted as one of the slogans in the recovery programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon ... but it didn't originate there. It was found in the unabridged version of The Serenity Prayer.

The Serenity Prayer is the common name for the untitled prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr, (1892 - 1971) a well-know theologian who served as dean and professor at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. 

Published in the New York Tribune newspaper in 1941, it was discovered by Ruth Hock, AA's first secretary (and a non-alcoholic.) The rest as they say is history.

"One Day At A Time" has become part of the English vernacular ... being used as lyrics in a number of songs, as well as the title of a popular TV show from 1975 - 1984. 

But to my knowledge it's never been used to describe 

The Story of Toothpick Engineer Stan Munro.

It's a fascinating, inspiring story and an incredible example of the extent to which the Creative Spirit can reach. When asked how he could possibly have the patience to create such elaborate sculptures, Munro says "it’s by taking one day at a time ..." 

What do you think? All comments are welcome!!

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