I have a stress related illness – shingles – that is painful and around my eye. I haven’t accomplished much this week. I don’t think I’ll get a chance this weekend to post a Tabletop Letters post, or anything else.
So, I wanted to just write a quick note and share with you a poem I’ve been thinking of today:
Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!
This poem, entitled “Look to This Day” is by Kalidasa.
There was a very short story posted by Kristina Brooks on Twitter for #vss365 in which she asks, “Isn’t that what everyone wants?… Happier yesterdays?”
Her story is adorable and heart warming. My husband and I talked about it even.
I have to say what I want is a happier tomorrow for you and me. I think the point of this poem by Kalidasa is that our perceptions of today impact our perceptions of the past and future. Here is an interesting article from the New York Times about why we remember the negative things more easily.