let each day start anew

haoleboy
By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-04-24 20:08:07 -0500
Started 2014-04-21 17:39:19 -0500

In another discussion I quoted a bit of one of my favorite Emerson poems. I thought I would share the whole thing.

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

Living in the now has served me well over the years and particularly in dealing with chronic health issues.
Please feel free toshare any secrets of coping you have found successful.

namaste
-Steve


8 replies

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-04-24 20:08:07 -0500 Report

thanks Gary. that poem (and that philosophy) got me through some very dark days following my stroke.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-04-24 18:55:38 -0500 Report

Hey Steve,

This is a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it. I love the idea of each day being a fresh start, an opportunity to let go of the past and enjoy the moment.

Gary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-21 21:01:23 -0500 Report

Steve, Emerson wasn't bad but I am not a fan. I prefer two poems, both by Maya Angelou. They are, Still I Rise and Phenomenal Woman.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

I know that no matter what obstacles put in front of me, I can rise above them. I live in the real world and I don't view life through rose colored glasses because they will cloud your vision. It isn't what we do that defines us, what defines us is how well we rise after we've fallen.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I never walk around with my head down. If you do this you don't see what is in front of you. The future is always ahead. None of us can predict it but with a bowed head you could miss opportunities that arise when you least expect it.

You have to believe in yourself. No one can take you self esteem or self respect, you give that away. Therefore, you can cope with anything life has offer. Yes I have a chronic disease, unlike you, I don't deal with it. I live with it. For me dealing with something in my opinion means it will eventually go away. Diabetes isn't going anywhere without a cure. I don't focus on being a diabetic. I focus on things I wish to do or accomplish in life.

Thanks for sharing your favorite poem Steve. It is deep and inspirational.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-04-21 21:20:04 -0500 Report

"Yes I have a chronic disease, unlike you, I don't deal with it. I live with it"
not only have you totally missed the point, in your usual condescending manner, you have also offended me in the process.
I do not dwell in the past nor am I concerned about the future. I live this moment to its fullest.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-22 09:35:38 -0500 Report

You said " Living in the now has served me well over the years and particularly in dealing with chronic health issues" I was going to apologize to you but I am not now. You are immature and self righteous. Yesterday, you referred to Zen. I do not believe in that and I found it offensive but I didn't say anything. I was not being condescending I shared my opinion. At this point I don't care if you are offended because you are always offended when you aren't praised or when someone doesn't agree with you. which is a sure sign of immaturity.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-04-21 17:56:09 -0500 Report

I love this poem. Thank you for sharing. My favorite line is "Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could." Great words to live by