Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorites for quotes. He has such a way with words! I ran across this quote in one of my books recently and it stuck with me:
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget about 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 love that he says “you shall” as if there is no other choice. I think sometimes we forget that we are in charge of ourselves, if nothing else. We can start each day as it should be started–brand new. Brand new thoughts. Brand new enthusiasm. Brand new expectations.
I tried that today instead of my typical ugh, Monday mindset. I just started my day without worrying about how lousy last week was. I let the nonsense of last week go. And you know what happened? I spent my work day busy and not overly stressed. The day went by quickly. I got done what I needed to do and made a list of what I need to get back to on Wednesday. Thanks to Emerson, this was a good day.