Monday’s Meditation: On This New Day
Today is a new day.
I’ll say that again.
Today is a new day.
Today, you are not just starting back where you left off last night. When you blinked your eyes open in the darkness, you restarted. You left behind everything that happened yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that.
The heaviness of the past is a weight you processed in your sleep. It escaped through your dreams like vapors.
Today is an open field for you to play in. (Remember recess? Today is like that.) Today, there is nothing but limitless green stretching out in front of you, and every blade of grass stands tall; unbent. Today, you own the field. You wear the whistle. You pick the game. You make up its rules.
Today, all the ways you once fell short are erased. The loop you had going yesterday–the one about your impatience, and your thigh dimples, and your crappy shoes–hasn’t started. Today, it doesn’t need to start.
Today, you can proclaim to yourself all the ways you’re amazing. “You’re amazing!” You can tell your reflection.
Today, you’ll remind yourself how well you’re doing, all things considered. You’ll think about all the forces working in your favor.
Today, you will be excellent, and you won’t apologize so much for every little perceived slight.
Today, you are already a champion. Already the best. Already the front of the pack in the race that is being run by only you. Today, you are what no other person can be.
Today, so long as you practice compassion for yourself and for others, you will be considered a success.
Today is your chance to set new personal records.
Today is your chance to put your resolve to the test.
Today, you are free to say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no.
Today, you are better than before.
Today, you are more aware, more capable, and more equipped.
Today, you are showing up and paying attention.
Today, you are thankful for the miracle that is today, a new day.
Today, you promise to let yourself be new, too.
Annie Traurig was born with the ability to see order through clutter. As a child, she spent playdates organizing friends’ closets and packing their duffle bags for summer camp.
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