“Do it well, finish it properly, and move on.”

“Do it well, finish it properly, and move on.”

—Eunice Kennedy Shriver, late American philanthropist & member of the Kennedy family

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How often do you find yourself lingering over a past activity or replaying a conversation with others?

As part of our move to Pennsylvania early this month, Wendy and I looked over the many VHS tapes, DVDs and CDs we have accumulated over the years.

The question of keeping some of our favorites to review again or discarding many of them before the move had us consider our use of time and space and how we wish to spend them going forward.

The idea of moving on and properly finishing things from the past offered us a great sense of freedom to explore activities within our new community.


What are some areas in your world where moving on is far most important at this point in your life?

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could…”

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher

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I have a pet peeve: receiving the answer “not bad” when I ask someone how they’re doing. What constitutes a “bad” day and what exactly does “not bad” actually mean? Sure, we all have those days when things don’t go exactly as we planned – in fact, they rarely do. The question to ponder here is how upset you get when this occurs.Consider daily blunders and absurdities as very tiny leaks from a great glass of your favorite beverage. No matter what happens, you can always maintain at least a half-full perspective, knowing that each new day starts overflowing with possibilities.


Try on the idea of “what you get done each day is what you get done” and learn to be satisfied with whatever shows up. With each new day, consciously choose to be fully alive.