You And To-Day

With retirement comes a time that we have to stop looking back and start looking forward to the next good thing. This poem expresses that feeling that we need to let go of the past, especially the bad things and create a good future in our retirement.

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With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.

The past has shrived and buried deep
All yesterdays— there let them sleep.

Nor seek to summon back one ghost
Of that innumerable host.

Concern yourself with but to-day.
Woo it and teach it to obey,

Your wish and will. Since time began
To-day has been the friend of man.

But in his blindness and his sorrow
He looks to yesterday and to-morrow.

You and to-day! a soul sublime
And the great pregnant hour of time.

With God between to bind the train-
Go forth I say— attain— attain.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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