“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yes! What a wonderful and beautiful sentiment to live by. Life is filled with absurdities and nonsense so beyond our control that it is simply foolish to squander our energy trying to make sense of it all.
As we start this New Year, this is our challenge to you!
Take a look at yourself, at your life…How are you spending your days? Are you lamenting about the bad deeds or wrongdoings of others? Are you focusing on the negative points of life? Are you feeling sorry for yourself?
We are all entitled to a little self pity every now and again and I will certainly not deny this exercise. But what a futile exercise it is if we fail to recognize that this is the precise moment at which improvement can begin. This is the moment where we can say “ENOUGH! NO MORE!” This is the moment of self awareness!
And what a painful and beautiful thing it is, this self awareness. Painful because we uncover our inhibitions – self doubt, fear, regret; beautiful because it is at this moment that we can begin erasing the blunders and absurdities of our past and begin anew.
I need not say more, and simply close as I opened, with the eloquent words of the great Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Gloriously wise advice. Use it well.