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Monday, February 6, 2017

Be Done With It

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist,
poet and philosopher (1803-82)

Many times, our to-do list includes more than we get done in a day. When that happens, we have to add the undone from today to the list for tomorrow. And that’s okay.

Each day, after we’ve done what absolutely has to be done, human nature dictates that we probably then do first what we want to do or what is the easiest task. However, some experts write we should tackle the tough things first and get them out of the way. These experts say if we put off doing the harder things, then we have longer to dread them.

Take housekeeping for an example—my least favorite task is dusting. In my house, I’ve added light-colored wood when possible because dust isn’t as noticeable as it is on dark wood. Dusting is the last thing I want to do. I’ve been this way for so long, I don’t dread dusting, I just don’t put it on my schedule.

As the quotation above points out, on any given day you’ve done what you could. Sometimes it’s difficult but we must learn to finish the day, be done with it, and not worry about what we didn’t get to.

If you’ve read much of what I write, you know how I feel about worry—it usually doesn’t change anything and sometimes only succeeds in additionally upsetting us.

Not worrying is a command from Jesus, not simply a suggestion. In the Bible, Jesus says, “…do not worry…who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25, 27, NIV).”

Mr. Emerson may not have had Bible Scriptures in mind when he said the quotation above, but his words ring true. Worrying usually causes us to frown, and frowning causes wrinkles. It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown and thereby probably leaves fewer wrinkles.

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