Remember Etch-a-Sketch? If you messed up a drawing, you could shake the Etch-a-Sketch, clear the slate, and start new.
George E. Woodberry believes that life comes with a built-in slate-clearing function: it’s called sunrise. He said:
“Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does; it is one of the sensible things that nature does.”
Now granted, this is an obvious cliché—an idea you might see stitched into a pillow.
But let’s pick at the threads of this idea a bit…
“Always begin anew.”
Have you thought about how important “newness” is to your life?
I see it in my granddaughters (13 months and 22 months). For them, every day is new, surprising, exuberant, full of wonder and joy. Newness for them is like some kind of super energy source, and it’s one of the things that makes them so delightful.
I’ve come up with a name for the way they move through a day: I call it “radical newness”—“radical” not in the sense of revolutionary, but in the sense of getting to the root of something important.
I’m trying to let them teach me about “radical newness,” but I’m a slow learner.
I do think part of the reason we sometimes get so tired and stressed is that we’re running low on “newness.” Everything becomes a little too routine, too burdened, too expected, or too jaded. We’re traveling with too much baggage.
Maybe it’s time to shake up the Etch-a-Sketch of our lives and clear the slate and start fresh. Maybe it’s time to watch the sunrise and tell ourselves…
Just for today, I will turn loose of all regrets and disappointments from the past.
Just for today, I will turn loose of worries about the future.
Just for today, I will forgive everyone who has ever hurt me…including myself.
Just for today, no matter what happens, I’ll look for wonder, newness, surprise, joy.
Just for today, I will live…just for today.