I read a wise saying recently: “Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday.”
What a great piece of advice for those of us who tend to carry around broken pieces in the form of regrets, feelings of failure, guilt, or any number of negative emotions. Bringing those emotions with us to a new day doesn’t give the day a fair chance to be a good one.
The quote goes on to say this:
Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up to the first day of our new life.
I hang onto that bit of wisdom on those days that I start to regret lost hopes and unfulfilled dreams. This week, I was reminded of the anniversary of a very successful time at Safe Places, my nonprofit organization that served victims of violence. I had several memories about the work, about the people we helped, about my staff. But had a choice at that point. I could look back with regret that so many dreams were lost with the closing of Safe Places. Or I could look at over ten years of success in the lives of those we were able to help.
It just so happens that one of our former clients was featured on National talk radio yesterday where she told her horrific story that is just now getting its happy ending. My client carried around broken pieces for over seven years, but for her, yesterday was a fresh start, a new beginning filled with new hopes and dreams for the future. I am learning a lesson from her, and laying down a bag full of broken pieces right here on this road. Then I will continue on my brand new journey. New hope and fresh dreams ahead!