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; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.- Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I first read this quote it hit me. It came at a time that I needed a kick. Well, every day I try (really try) to live this quote. I fail often, but I continue to try. I have it posted on my desk at work and read it every morning. I know it by heart now. I read quotes often but never has one hit me like this one.
Every day there is something whether it is work related or personal that may cause stress or some issue. This quote tells me that no matter what it is, it will be there tomorrow so finish today the best you can and start again tomorrow. Cut the crap out and be positive.
I am a work in progress (as we all are) so every day I start new and even though the issues or stress may be there still, starting the day new gives me new light on it and I can work towards a solution. It works - most of the time! It has made a difference when I was faced with a challenge at work with a coworker that happened to be my friend. I had to distance myself from the situation and the friend or my job was going to be at risk. The last thing I read at work this particular day was this quote and the next morning it was the first thing I read at work. It hit me - you know what you need to do. I made my decision and stuck to it. Come to find out (now months later) it was the right choice as this coworker was up to no good and my name was involved.
Is there a quote or saying that has affected you the same or one that has become your motto?