‘Tis always morning somewhere, and above
The awakening continents from shore to shore.
Somewhere the birds are singing evermore.
~Henry W. Longfellow
This helps me press the reset button on my day. When everything seems to go wrong, even the simplest things, I sometimes will look at the people around me and think that not everyone’s having a bad day like me. Most of them are probably having neutral days—not good, not bad—but some of them are actually having a good day. Thinking this way helps me short circuit that negative, hopeless, helpless, whiny voice inside me.
If I were you, I should not worry. Just make up your mind to do better when you get another chance. One can’t do more than that. That is what I shall think of: that God will give each of us another chance, and that each one of us will take it and do better—I and you and everyone. So there is no need to fret over failure, when one hopes one may be allowed to redeem that failure later on. I should not worry if I were you. Just make up your mind to do better if you get the chance and be content with that.
It doesn’t do us any good to beat ourselves up over what we coulda, shoulda, woulda done. It’s over with. Think about the past only in terms of lessons learned—what we would do differently, better, the next chance we get—and move on. Let go of the past. Turn our backs on it. Forge ahead.
Each night is followed by its day,
Each storm by fairer weather,
While all the works of nature sing
Their songs of joy together.
Then learn, O heart, their songs of hope!
Cease, soul, thy thankless sorrow;
For though the clouds be dark today,
The sun will shine tomorrow.
~T. Edgar Jones
Thinking of Mother Nature helps me keep things in perspective—that not all is hopeless, not all is lost. There is such awe-inspiring majesty in the simplest parts of Nature—birds flitting in the trees, the rustling of the wind through branches, the tap of rain or the stillness of snow falling. It’s soothing and comforting to remember this and I find it’s a way to press the reset button on the day.
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