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“Finish each day and be done…”

on March 24, 2012

“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.” -r. w. emerson

Some days are just one of those days.  You know what I mean:

those days where you finish a paper but forget to save it, and the power blinks.

those days when you studied all the wrong ways for an exam, and you have another exam tomorrow (and another one the next day).

those days when you end up printing documents for your boss for 14 straight hours, because your boss screwed up.

those days when  you set your alarm for pm instead of am and you catch every red light on the way to work.

 those days when you wake up to a parking ticket and the line at Starbucks is around the corner, so you’re stuck with bad drip coffee at work.

You know, one of those days.

In the 1800’s, Emerson could finish his day and relax.  He could pour himself a glass of aged scotch, puff on his fine cigars, and scribe a new page of brilliance into his journal (probably by candle light and in a funny Boston accent).  The pace of life was slower in his time, and I imagine if he were around now, his philosophy would be more like that of Rhianna: “Cheers to the freakin’ weekend.”

I think Emerson is a little too optimistic when he asks us to put these days behind us, to start each new day with “too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  From day to day, that might be too much to ask.  In fact, I think that kind of nonsense accumulates throughout the week, especially for young adults who work and study late into the night, and eventually it becomes one those weeks  Still, take some combination of advice from Emerson and Rhianna.  Make time for yourself to enjoy the sunshine this weekend. Rejuvenate your spirit so that  by Monday you can start the new week with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  It’s the freakin’ weekend baby.



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