Print and post this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote for the next time you’ve had a day filled with stress, bad news, or emotional negativity. From The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain.
Something Ralph Waldo Emerson said can help you let go of a less-than-perfect day. Emerson wrote, “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. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”
I’ve framed Emerson’s statement and placed it on my desk. At the close of the day, just before I leave the office, I look at it to remind myself to let the day go and “be done with it.” I imagine tomorrow, “with its hopes and invitations,” and I feel the passion in my heart for the purpose I want to fulfill and the dreams I want to achieve. Then I infuse the atmosphere of my office with this joyful feeling so it’s there to lift me up when I return in the morning.
If I feel the pain of a blunder I committed during the day, I read Emerson’s statement. Sometimes, when I’ve blundered big, I have to read it two or three times, taking in every word until I completely let go. Reaching that point of letting go is always a great relief. It feels like I’ve set down a heavy suitcase or taken off a tight shoe, and it allows me to move forward again with ease and high purpose.