I’m a big quote person. I love quotes.
This is one in particular that I keep forcing myself to come back to for a couple of reasons, the obvious one being that I tend to keep past actions/feelings/discomfort in the back of my mind. There are times I hold onto them far too long, almost by force of habit.
While I’m getting much better at this, I still have a tendency to act impulsively when I get uncomfortable—physically or mentally. I will obsess over what led up to that point, how I can prevent it from happening again, how I can make it go away right that second. These are the times when I need to take a deep breath, let it go—whatever “it” is— and take the next positive step forward.
Easier said than done, I know. But Emerson was really onto something.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.”
It’s actually the last part of this that speaks to me quite a bit.
Have I done everything I could have/should have done? If the answer is yes, then there should be no guilt or regret when I lay my head down at night. All of those feelings are unnecessary self-judgments, and as long as I do what I know I can do—for myself and for others—then there’s no reason to look back and feel regret.
“Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.”
Well, that’s an understatement.
Not a day goes by that I don’t feel like I should have zigged when I zagged at least once. When anxiety or uncertainty creep in, I have a tendency to default to my unhealthy coping mechanisms and fall back on those for relief. Although it feels right at the moment, I often look back and regret that I didn’t do what I could have/should have done.
But I also have to leave that behind and not obsess over things I can’t change—food/exercise choices, something said, a blog post with no response, work stuff.
Forget it, learn from it and move on.
“Tomorrow is a new day.”
This really isn’t related to anything, but I think that’s why I love breakfast so much. It’s a brand new day and a new chance to start over. This doesn’t explain why I could eat breakfast food all day, but I do like the prospect of starting things new. Now I’m rambling. And I want oatmeal.
“You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
I’m not always happy, especially when taken out of my normal routine, but it’s up to me to deal with whatever situation I am faced with.
Uncle June and I are going on another business trip (this Thursday until Monday) and I would be lying if I said that I was excited about going. It’s the same trip we’ve done the past couple of years and it’s a really big deal with a really big amount of work.
My issues get packed along with the Lysol, but I will try and remember the quote. I’m going to forget my past experiences and not use them as a springboard for any assumptions going in. Just because I tend to self-destruct and restrict a bit on trips doesn’t mean I have to do it this time.
Because let’s face it—more often than not, situations are less than ideal, not just with work but with life. I only make things worse when I allow myself to be “encumbered by my own nonsense.”
Side note: nonsense should be used more often. I kind of like it.
So I will finish today and not worry about the things I can’t change. If I screwed up, I can try again tomorrow. If other people screwed up, I can figure out a way to make the most of it, if only for my own sanity.
And if things still suck, I can finish the day and be done with it.
Then blog about it later.
Do you have a favorite quote? This is my most recent one, but I have a million that I like and I find more all the time.
I know I’ve asked this before, but do you like traveling? Favorite/least favorite parts?