Words to the Wise: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and Regret

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

There are two days in every week we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – yesterday is gone.

The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow, with its possible adversities,┬áits burdens, its large promise and poor performance.

Tomorrow is beyond our control.

Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day – today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of today that drives people mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!

Author Unknown


4 thoughts on “Words to the Wise: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and Regret

  1. Sorry, but I do not agree a bit.

    Yesterday is gone, but it is really not, as the cycle is without interruptions. The consequences and the results of what was done yesterday are here, today, and our actions today are definitely a product of what has happened and what we did yesterday and the day before. If we have made mistakes, we should try to change the results. It’s not called guilt or regret, but awareness, responsibility and good will.

    Tomorrow can be prepared. What would be all of us fighting for green environments and smoke banning and wars avoiding if we were not keenly aware that what we do today has tremendous ripercussions on what will happen tomorrow?

    The beauty, challenge and hardship of life is precisely that we are all interconnected, and time is as well.

    • I appreciate your perspective, but I think you may be misinterpreting the passage. It is not saying they are separate. The passage is acknowledging the learning’s of yesterday and the consequences of tomorrow. However, if you spend the majority of your time in those places especially in an unhealthy manner focusing on fear, apprehension and regret you will either miss today or make unhealthy choices today based on that “worry.”

      You can see that happenning with the same topics you bring up in your comments. Politicians and activists regret losing or focus so much on the need to win they do not solve problems. They try and put notches on their belts. The car companies going belly up is a great example of this. Unions and management both behaving badly while watching the ship go down. The truth is when you act out of fear the very thing you fear most comes true.

  2. Great passage, but what i understand is it ephasizes on the fact that we should learn from the mistakes of yesterday, implement in today and improve our tomarrow.

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