A powerful quote I recently read from Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have 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.”
I don’t know about you but just that first sentence alone has so much important truth in it for me. To finish each day and be done with it is not the easiest thing for me to do. If truth be told many times unfortunately my sentence would say “Finish each day and dwell on it.” But those next sentences from Ralph Waldo Emerson has significant truth in them that we have done what we could; yeah we made some mistakes, not everything went the way we might have hoped for, there were more phone calls to make, the project is only 60% done, and that one conversations did not go well but we need to let those things go at the end of the day. Understand this is not saying we don’t learn from our mistakes and see what we can do to improve but don’t let the blunders of today hold you back from succeeding tomorrow. Don’t let failures today keep you from taking risks tomorrow.
So as the sun starts its way down and the day begins to end remember that tomorrow is a new day. As Emerson put it so bluntly don’t let your nonsense of today ruin your tomorrow! As we are told in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Do you find it hard to finish each day? How has this played out in your life?