“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
So often yesterday intrudes on today. Mistakes - both our own and others' - stay with us through the night and follow us into the next day. And sometimes the day after that and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things a...well, you get the point.
How does this serve us? The baggage of our past missteps only helps us to doubt our abilities and to stumble even more. Forgiving ourselves and being done with it is the best thing we can do for ourselves and those around us.
This goes for those in our lives who make mistakes as well. Their mistakes - the ones that involve us that we hold onto - meddle in loving relationships, causing resentment and stifling love. Leave their lapses behind and start anew each day.
It is only when we let go that we can start again, free to move forward in love and joy.
Today, and throughout Lent, I intend to finish each day and be done with it; to dwell in the present, not on the past; to begin each day serenely and with high spirit; to forgive myself and others; to live each day anew.