Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Under optimistic skies

Sharing the beauty of nature / A First Prize rose
from our backyard garden.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American essayist, lecturer, preacher and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, was an optimist about a lot of things in life, such as the goodness of human nature, the goodness of the universe as a whole, and about our ability to know the truth. 

Emerson's intellect embodied the finest spirit and highest ideals of his age. Often, I look to the clarity of his words when in need of a boost in my own spirits. We could all do well to follow his wisdom in these gloomy times.

“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.” 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations

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