With the new year almost upon us, our minds are drawn to thinking about New Year's resolutions. We all know there are things we can change in our lives for the better, and we tend to use a new year as motivation to implement those needed changes. I don't know about you, but I usually start off with a bang and faithfully stick to my new resolution with dogged determination--for a couple of weeks! Then the old adage sounds in my head--"Old habits die hard!"
I think a better approach to "resolutions" may be to just vow to give each day our best. Live each day to the fullest--but when it's done, it's done. Don't waste energy regretting your yesterdays. You can't change the past, but you do have the ability to make today one of your best ever!
Seek out ways to make your world a better place...one day at a time...one person at a time.
Ponder these words from Ralph Waldo Emerson and have a wonderful 2009!
Finish Every Day
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities
no doubt have 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 cumbered
with your old nonsense.
This day is all that
is good and fair.
It is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on yesterdays.
See Philippians 3:13-14 for further thoughts.