Advice from Ralph Waldo Emerson and it’s a revelation


“Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.  Some 

blunders and absurdities have 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.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


It’s Sunday morning and I just flicked open a book at this very page.  Why have I not come across this before, it’s a consolation because it obviously provides some enlightenment and a piece of advice that I am in need of right now.   The philosopher Alain de Botton says that what makes a ‘good’ book is that we are reading it at the right moment for us and I would say the same is true of a poem such as this.



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