This morning, I awoke to this beautiful view outside my window.

Yesterday was not easy, but it’s hard not to feel optimistic when the world beckons with green possibility.

Sometimes, I think there is nothing as beautiful as London on a sunny day.

Today is the birthday of one of my favourite people (you know who you are), and it was wonderful to feel like the world is smiling. I certainly am, thinking about the light this person brings into the world.

I found myself reflecting on the many wonderful things I inherited from my parents – habits and wisdom, worldview and quirks.

But one of the fun things of marraige is that you also gain access to these magical details from another family.

As I looked out, with a wide open day ahead and a fresh sense of possibility and hope, I was reminded of a wonderful quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that my mother-in-law used to say with my husband when he was growing up. (If you ever have the good fortune to meet my mother-in-law, you will soon realise that this steady optimism and quoting Emerson are very ‘on brand’ for her!)

Even when I find myself unable to remember the words exactly – which is nearly always – the sentiment echoes just as powerfully:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt 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

What beautiful words to live by. Here’s to today’s new day, and a bit of new nonsense!