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Finish Each Day and Be Done with It

Family picnic!

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.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


I read this almost every day, and it uplifts and encourages me!

We are mortal. We do our best.  We stumble.  Just thinking of some of my slip-ups makes me shudder!  We say the wrong thing. We are sometimes unaware and therefore insensitive. But we must get up the next morning, and try our best . . . again. This thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson gives me peace and courage.

Forgive yourself of today’s foolish mishaps. And try again, tomorrow, with a high spirit!  That is the most anyone can do.

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