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 encumbered
by your old nonsense.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Um. I think this violet is confused. Don’t violets bloom in spring?
I looked all over and found just the one. But isn’t it lovely?
This quote holds a lot of meaning for me. I am one of those people who replay past mistakes over and over in my head, who hold grudges, who will dwell on past events until I’m hurt and angry all over again.
I have a slow-burning temper, and I am well aware that in the long run I only punish myself. But I could never just Let Things Go. I always wanted things to somehow be evened out, put right, made fair.
I wrote this passage out, painstakingly, in my very best lettering, and posted it prominently above my desk. I take note of it all the time.
I am learning to Let It Go. And I love thinking of it as my “old nonsense”.
How do you put the brakes on your temper? How do you Let It Go?