We celebrated the New Year yesterday, and today it's time for many to get back to work. Not all, as some have the day off, but there are still plenty of people who are back in the Monday routine. I love the beginning of the year. I feel like 2012 is a blank journal waiting for me to fill it in, day by day.
The quote above led me to think about the way some people agonize over what's gone on in the past. This quote says it all for me. You can't change what happened. Not ever! Oh, how we sometimes wish we might undo something from our past, but there's no reason to keep beating yourself over it.
The next part of the quote tells us that we should learn a lesson from those things we regret and then move on. That's the important part and one we should all remember.
In your writing life, you probably have many regrets. I certainly do. Maybe you wish you'd given an article one more revision before sending it to an editor who promptly rejected it. You probably think now that you could have submitted more in 2011 than you actually did. Looking back, you think that if you'd put in a little more time each day, you'd have been more productive. It's done! Time to move on.
So here we are today with that blank page before us. January 2, 2012. What are you going to do today to fill that page? It's a brand new page of your life. It's up to you what to do with it. Forget last year, this year has all kinds of possibilities in your writing life. Make it one of your best!