Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Write It On Your Heart

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorite poets.  So often he expresses just what I am feeling in any given moment.  Today I came across his poem, “Write on Your Heart” and it described perfectly what I had been feeling all day:  that every day is the best day whether it’s a birthday, a holiday, or just a Tuesday!  That at the end of each day, just know you did your best and will be given another chance tomorrow to again do your best...even if you can recognize aspects that could have been done better.  After all, “hindsight is 20/20”!  Just recognize your mistakes, fears and doubts, and forget them...let them disappear with the day.  And when tomorrow presents itself, don’t pick up that old baggage of yesterday!  Leave it in the past, and write a new page for today.  Write a page with less fear, less doubt, more love, more kindness, more beauty.  And when that day passes, follow the same procedure. 
After all, we are works in progress.  No matter how we strive for perfection, it is always out of our reach.  So why even go there?  Instead, live in each moment fully aware and do your best with what you know at this time. Why choose worry, fear and chaos when happiness, love and peace are just as readily available? Just write it on your heart...
Write it on your heart

that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day,
and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every 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,
with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays...
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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