“Finish every 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. To-morrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson wrote the above in a letter to his daughter. I cannot even tell you how much I love this. Maybe because it’s something I struggle with.
I have a hard time letting go of the day’s events, judging from how my mind spins as soon as I go to bed. So whatever happens today, I’m going to let it go by this evening. Because I’ll be “too high a spirit” tomorrow morning to be weighed down by this pointless crap.
We may or may not succeed in beginning the day “well and serenely,” but we sure as hell can try.