My husband and I are lovers of quotes, and both of us have quotes attached to the mirror in our bathroom. This way we can look at them as we get ready for each day and as we prepare ourselves for bed at night. These words help center us and remind us of what is really important.
The quote my husband has above his sink is from Ralph Waldo Emerson; this is what he looks at each and every day and night — “Finish each 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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
I find myself sometimes stopping and standing in front of his quote and pondering the importance of the truth of these words. Yes, each day is a new beginning…we do need to finish the day and be done with it, because we have done the best we could with it. The good news is that a new day will come, and we can once again begin this new day with a new slate.
These words of letting go of the blunders of the day and be done with it brought me much comfort a few weeks ago, you see it had been one of those days. I think that you can relate, because I know we all have them; we are human. This day it seemed that nothing was going right in our house. I was irritable. There were rooms that needed to be picked up, homework that needed to be finished and other chores that had not been completed. My son and I were not communicating well about this, he was mad, I was mad, and in the midst of this all my husband comes home from work and enters into the words of frustration, tiredness, and hurt that were being exchanged. Before long he too was brought into the chaos and it was not an easy night; but we all finally settled down after some tears and words were shared and we all ate dinner and eventually headed off to bed.
After I had gotten our son to sleep, and I was getting ready for bed I walked by the quote of my husband’s; I looked at it through the dried tears of frustration of the night and thanked God for the ability to begin again, with a new day, with a new attitude, with a clean slate. Yes, I needed to finish this day, be done with it. I had done the best I could. The good news was that a new day was just around the corner. Yes some major blunders and absurdities had crept into my day, but I must let them go. The gift of a new day was just a good night’s of sleep away. And the real truth I realized as I stood there looking at the Emerson quote was that I needed to forgive myself for the blunders of the day and be done with it.
Yes, forgiveness is a gift. It is one that our loving Creator gives to us each and every minute of every day. A love and assuredness that with God we can always begin again. What a gift a new beginning is, isn’t it? Maybe you, like I, need to end this day as I did, with forgiving yourself for the blunders of your day. As Emerson says, “Tomorrow is a new day and we can begin it serenely with too high a spirit to be encumbered with our old nonsense.” Yes, as the scriptures tell us “weeping may last for a night; but joy does come in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) What a joy a new beginning can be.
Thanks be to God, for new beginnings.
- Kazy Hinds is pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Piqua.