Old nonsense

This has been a good day – walking to Urban Harvest for the week’s supply of fruits and vegetables, doing a bit of work on a contract and some writing, walking and talking with a friend who’s moving soon (I’ll miss her), talking on the phone with my partner (who always puts a smile on my face). So I’ll slip easily into sleep.

Some days aren’t so easy. Some days shadows follow me to bed and dance to wild music, keeping me awake. That’s when I need this quotation that’s long been attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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.

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4 comments for “Old nonsense

  1. Michelle
    May 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I love this Cathryn, a real cracker of a quote and one that’s easier said than done – especially with a mind like mine which loves to “fester”!!!

  2. Virginia
    May 24, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I love this philosophy, tho it is hard to live when people around one need to analyze the past in great detail. I am reminded of the old Sanskrit poem:
    Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.
    In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of our existence:
    the bliss of growth
    the glory of action
    the splendor of beauty
    For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision.
    But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
    and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
    Look well, therefore, to this day. Such is the salutation to the dawn. (author unknown)

  3. May 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

    This is one of my favorites as well. It is by the Sanskrit poet and dramatist Kālidāsa, who lived somewhere between the 4th and 6th centuries.

  4. marianne
    May 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Sometimes I feel you are writing especially for me. Old nonsense and how to learn to just leave it be is exactly what I have been pondering about these last few days.

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