“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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a profound thought as we venture into 2013. So often we look back at what we didn’t accomplish or the mistakes that we made, that we are unable to move forward to enjoy what lies in front of us. Adding burden to our ambition only negates our ability to move forward and experience life and all it has to offer us.
That is not to say we won’t encounter events that will affect us more emotionally than we would like. At some point in life, we will all experience emotional and tragic events that will cause us to slow down. These events might not be so easily forgotten or easy to shut the door on, although, they can be the means in which we gain new strength and direction.
Taking a look at my own life there were events that caused me to slow down. Slowing down allowed me to see more clearly what otherwise would have been unfortunate to not have noticed. I re-discovered my passion and regained a new direction with confidence and joy.
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I don’t make New Year resolutions. I create goals in which I see myself able to accomplish, while some might require much commitment. There will be days where my efforts might seem like failures, yet there will be others where I will accomplish much more than expected. To be sure I am moving in the direction I am being led to travel, I will occasionally step back and reflect, being open to road blocks that might cause me to stop and stumble so that I can make adjustments.
Sometimes, the best part of our adventure in life, are those whom we take along for the ride. To enhance the changes we make as we reach our goals, it is always rewarding to have those who will lift us up and encourage us along the way. In addition, including your family and friends on a social level, sharing love and laughter, will enhance the full experience.
When we close our day with appreciation, balancing what we have learned from the choices we made along with the trials and joys that we faced, we are able to rest and be recharged. As Emerson shares, our “old nonsense” is what will burden us from moving forward.
As you rest from your day may you be recharged for your tomorrow.