Nearly every Saturday for about 15 years I did volunteer prison work with a group of guys at a nearby prison. Periodically we would discuss dealing with depression. I’d remind them that they couldn’t change “yesterday” — but they could learn from it, saying stress is about tomorrow; and regret is about yesterday — neither of those days exist — (also mentioning that Rabbi Jesus said something similar: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:34 NASB).
At a certain point in life we begin gazing into that sacred mirror, remembering scenarios from our past which could have been handled better. I found a quote recently from Ralph Waldo Emerson that fits for today, the last day of the year, and every day, which I shared with a few friends on Christmas day:
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every 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, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
~Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good day > > > or now, ~A Good New Year. Blessings are ours today if we will hunger and thirst for them.