It’s filled with excitement and hope of the unknown. Who knows, maybe today will turn into one of the best days of your life. Today may be the day you accomplish something great or find happiness in your circumstances. But if you’re holding on to yesterday, the promises of today have already been killed.
The past is such an odd thing. It’s simply the past, a time we can do nothing about, but when we dwell on it, we cheat ourselves out of the present. The bitterness, anger, jealousy, and regret that the past causes prevents us from enjoying and being fruitful in our todays. The difficult thing is to realize the impossibility of settling our past. It’s already gone, a time we can no longer get back. Nevertheless, we must still come to grips with our past, find comfort in examining our mistakes, and then shut the door on them permanently, refusing to allow them to hold sway over us.
Sometimes, we can easily hold ourselves back by dwelling longingly on the good of the past as well. Idealizing the “good ole’ days” is just as unhealthy as reminiscing on our mistakes. That time is now gone, and other than learning from it, it’s time to move on. Matthew 6:34 reminds us not to worry about tomorrow because it has yet to arrive. In the same way, we should let go of yesterday because it will not come back.
I ‘ll finish today’s post with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. This was written down in a letter to his daughter and it is great advice for us all today as well. Don’t let your today be killed by yesterday.
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; but get rid of them and forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is new day, and you should never encumber its potentialities and invitations with the dread of the past. You should not waste a moment of today on the rottenness of yesterday.”