“Don’t ruin a good TODAY by thinking about a bad YESTERDAY.”
You may have heard the famous line “Tomorrow is a new day” Well, it’s more than just a famous phrase. It actually happens to be true. Tomorrow really is a new day. A new day to start over. Start fresh. To continue on but in a new way. A revival if you will. Basically, this phrase is saying that Tomorrow will always come, and Yesterday will always go. If you had a bad yesterday, you can make it up with a better tomorrow. If yesterday knocked you down, you can get back up to fight tomorrow. Besides, isn't it better to think of Yesterday as just a stepping stone to be better tomorrow. Isn’t it better to think that you always have a second chance to make things better for yourself? Is it not wise to think of every day as a learning experience? I think so.
If you had a bad yesterday, don’t worry, for there is always tomorrow. Tomorrow, you can fix whatever bad blood you had with yesterday and make it right. If yesterday was cruel to you, you can make sure that you don’t have the same problems tomorrow. It is better to have faith and be positive of the new days to come than to dwell on the past and be negative. Don’t mourn your yesterday’s, have hope for your Today’s. Be GLAD that you have the option of gaining a new day. Be GLAD that you are blessed to reach tomorrow, because some people will not see today.
I think we take our day’s for granted you see. We don’t live each day with faith, hope, and optimism. Most of the time, we just wing it and hope for the best. But we really aren’t BELIEVING in having good days. We just hope we have them by chance. Therefore, when we have bad days and get into our heads, we end up dwelling on what happened, and it makes us come into the next day negative and pessimistic. Why do we do this? Is it so easy for us to lose faith in tomorrow? Or are we not learning from each day to appreciate our tomorrows? As humans, it is only natural for us to react to certain situations that we cannot control in a negative or combative manner. If our days don’t go as we planned them to, we end up on a different path and we lose focus. Some of us get angry and anxious. We begin to stress ourselves into trying to fix our day and make it our own again. But it usually isn’t that simple. We must BELIEVE that our day will get better and we must make a short-term plan to not fall apart and not give in. We must take a second to realize where our day is going and focus on our patience and optimism. But for many, this is easier said than done. Because many of us, would rather just break down and give in. We would rather just wait for the terrible day to end and continue to be angry and frustrated on how the day is going. But doing this only makes the day worse for us. It’s like, once you let your day frustrate you all the way, it’s like a snowball effect. The day just keeps getting worse and worse. Why do we do this to ourselves?
Many people think that they are in control of their lives, but this is simply not true. We are most definitely NOT in control of our own lives. And I don’t mean the government people. I mean LIFE itself is in control, not us. Life has a plan for us, and it will follow this plan regardless of how we feel and if we are ready for it or not. All we can do is accept it.
In a perfect world, things will always go our way. In a perfect world, our plans will always be followed to the T. But that’s not how life works. We like to make ourselves think that we are in control, but I assure you, we are not. Bad days come and go, and you just have to be ready for them and know what to do when they happen. You must not give into these Bad Days, for they come when you least expect it to make you suffer. They are like a test to see how far your faith and patience can go. It’s like they want to test your positivity and see if you can hold your own with whatever they throw at you. Some people would call this The Devil himself. They say that it’s just The Devil trying to pull you away from your faith in God and your faith in life. This may be true, and it makes sense. But whatever you want to call it, it’s all the same. The bad days will come, no matter what. But will you be the one to fall apart, or will you be the one to stand tall? The choice is yours.
I know you may be reading this thinking “How can I be positive every day of my life? It’s just not possible.” Trust me, I understand what you mean. I am not saying that you HAVE TO be positive every day of your life. I am simply saying that we all must learn to have patience and have faith in life itself. It won’t be easy. It never will be easy. But we can try. We can focus on the good, instead of the bad. When we are having a bad day, let us try to remember that our life is not over and we can still make that day right by continuing to stay positive and hopeful of better things to come. We must not curl up in a ball when we get a snowball of bad luck in our day. Instead, let’s learn from each day so we can have a better tomorrow. Yesterday will not last forever, and we can get through it. If we are blessed to have a Tomorrow, let’s get through our days like a champ. We all have it in us to get through whatever life throws at us.
So when you think you can’t get through to the next day. Think of this for a second...Why not write a letter to Yesterday. I know, this sounds silly. But i'm serious. This could really be helpful. If you wake up from a bad yesterday, and you still feel anxiety and pessimism, get a piece of paper and pen and out and before you start your day, write a quick letter to Yesterday, telling it how you felt yesterday and tell it how you have a plan today to move on and make your day GREAT.
Here’s what you can say...
Hello Yesterday, I'm just checking in to let you know that I have been blessed with Today and I have promised myself to not dwell on my bad yesterday. I have decided that you will not hold me hostage from having a better today. I’ve decided that I WILL NOT have another bad day because of you. I WILL NOT strain myself on how bad yesterday was because I know I can have a better today. I may not be able to control my life, but I CAN control how I react to the things that happen in it.
You thought you could take my piece of mind away yesterday, but I have gained it back today. I will not start my day off angry, anxious, or depressed. I will start my day off like it's a new day. With a smile and an open-mind. I will have a fresh start today like I never even had a bad yesterday. After I finish writing this letter, I won’t even remember having a bad day yesterday. I will only be focused on having a good TODAY. I know that it will be hard at first, but I know I can do this. I know I am better than my bad days. I am strong and I BELIEVE in having a GOOD day today. My spirits are high, and my doubt is low. My faith is strong, and my cup is full.
Yesterday I just want you to know that I am not defeated. I want you to know that I have a plan to make my days better...
I will not feel rushed and stressed if I am running late.
I will make sure I have a good breakfast before I go to work so I can focus and think clearly.
I will not put myself in danger by racing through traffic and speeding because I will leave on time.
I REFUSE to let my idiot boss get to me today at work because I know I am a better person than he is and I won’t let him make me feel useless.
I promise to look for a better job that appreciates my hard work and will pay me well for it.
I will admit to being wrong and not let my pride takeover because that is not genuine and honest.
I won’t forget to be responsible in my adult life by taking care of myself.
I will make sure I eat and rest when I need to get through the day.
I won’t let my jealous friends or co-workers get to me because I don’t need to stoop to their level of ignorance and pettiness.
I promise to take a break and relax the moment I start to feel too stressed about something.
I promise I will take a moment and think before I speak in a heated or important conversation.
I WILL remain humble and honest so I can be an example to other people and keep myself grounded.
I will remember to pray on the things I cannot control and believe that God will take care of it for me.
I will not let my significant other drive me crazy from the annoying and selfish things they do. Instead I will have patience with them and talk to them first to find a common ground.
I will remember that I am not perfect, and I make mistakes; just like everyone else. And that’s okay.
I will not let myself be disrespected by anyone at any time.
I promise to stand up for myself and what I believe in. Even if I stand alone.
I promise to speak up for what I want and not be silent.
I will always remember to show love and kindness when it is needed. Because everyone deserves to have kindness bestowed onto them.
But most of all Yesterday, I will never forget how I react to situations that will determine how things will go. I know I can not change the past, but I can change my future. I can find peace in everything, on every day; even the bad ones. I can be positive even when I feel like it is hopeless to do so. And I can be optimistic when it seems like nothing's going my way.
Yesterday, I must thank you for giving me such a bad day, because Today, I am stronger and wiser because of it. Today, I am new; because I got through my crazy yesterday. So thank you. I appreciated the lesson.”
So, what do you think? You think you can write this letter? Do you think you can move on from your bad Yesterday’s? I think you can. I believe in you, and I have faith in good days to come. Good things are always coming. But we appreciate them more after having some bad luck.
I know, I know...You had some lows, and some harsh blows. But you are still alive, and you WILL live to fight another day. After all, it was only Yesterday, and TODAY is another day. Fight back!