January 23, 2015 by athling2001
When Did Yesterday End?
“Yesterday ended last night.”
― John C. Maxwell, The 15 laws of growth
This quote hit me hard, one of those moments when everything comes into sharp focus for a fraction of an instant, just long enough for me to think I understand before everything slips away again. Life streams days into an endless blur of yesterdays, todays and tomorrows. We hold onto the angers and pettiness of today even as the Universe freely gives us a clean slate for tomorrow. We stop speaking to friends and family over some slight forgotten long before we remember to let go of the anger – if we ever do. We’re mad at a spouse or a child for socks left on the floor. And no, I don’t like socks scattered around my house, but really – how important is it in the grander scheme? Why am I still mad the next day and probably the next? I’m mad because I feel the sock-droppers have no respect for me as they dance around dropping socks. But who’s problem is that? Theirs or mine?
Sometimes I find myself stewing over something that happened months ago, trying to make myself feel better – justified and right – even if I was in the wrong. The sayings, ‘Do you want to be right or do you want peace?’ or ‘Do you want to be right or do you want freedom,’ or even ‘Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy,’ resonate with me. Frankly, I’d rather be all three, but only if I find a way to let go to today’s troubles and trials. Only if I learn where yesterday really ends.
Face it, we all have troubles, we all get mad, we all feel slighted, hurt, sad. What if, at the end of each day, we took all those emotions and laid them aside, leaving them behind when we sleep, waking to a sparkling new morning?
Freedom is breaking free from the negativity. There is no peace when we are carrying emotions over from one day to next, losing focus on what really matters. And happiness…. I’ve always heard that happiness is something you can’t find; it has to come from within. And how better to find happiness than to leave all the trash of our lives behind each and every day?