"Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Greetings from South Korea! I'm here all week to train Army professionals how to help soldiers and their families live calmer and happier lives. I've been here a number of times before, and I love it every time.
Meanwhile, I'm thinking about you Pausers around the world. Perhaps you're feeling a little guilty today. Perhaps you messed up yesterday with your kids. You exploded on them and blew it big time and you feel as if all of your hard work has just been thrown down the drain. What do you do? That’s simple. (But not easy):
You give yourself a break and you move on.
After all, we tell our kids mistakes are made so we can learn...why can’t we just take our own advice?
You are going to make mistakes. There is no question about that. The only question that matters is how you will handle yourself when you do. Will you throw up your hands in resignation? Or will you learn what you need and move on?
According to Emerson, you should:
“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.”
We could do worse.