With the new year, it often feels like there are all these new resolutions and new plans and new dreams. But now it's not January 1st anymore. It's not a Monday; it's a drab ole hump day Wednesday. I was told in my education training never to give out new assignments or teach something new on Fridays; everyone had checked out by then. So what happens when we want to start something new and it's mid-January or April or November? Do we wait for 2017 to roll around?
I think there are days when I feel fed up, and I'm ready to toss my hands up in the air and call it quits for the day/week... and then I realize it's only 11:30am or it's a Wednesday. And at those points, it's easy for me to feel defeated, and to look on the past two days and feel unproductive and slow and blaaaaaaaaaaargh.
And sometimes in that, it's okay to just sit in that and feel that out, and I'm all for giving attention to sadness and acknowledging it and not pretending that it doesn't exist. But sometimes, you just need a pat on the shoulder and a gentle voice to say, it's okay, try again tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day. And newness is powerful. Just like that refreshing feeling from seeing a fresh blanket of snow or a blank sheet of paper, newness is powerful because it gives us room to dream and to hope all over again.
Ralph Waldo Emerson writes a lovely poem that captures the spirit of newness really nicely:
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.
Loved the last stanza so much I thought I'd make a little phone wallpaper out of it, with two options for colours! All you have to do is save the photo, and change it to your wallpaper on your phone - and let it serve as a reminder that today is a new day, and it's too dear to dwell on the failures or disappointments that cripple or paralyze in fear or anxiety.
Today is a new day, my friend, Wednesday and middle of January and all. May you feel and know the newness of it!