Today might have been the worst day of your life. The longest 24 hours. The most depleting 1,440 minutes. The most heartbreaking 86,400 seconds you’ve ever experienced.
Maybe today was the day you took a difficult test, broke up with a significant other, lost a friend or relative, watched someone fall back into addiction, finalized a divorce, broke a bone, said goodbye to something special, walked away from something painful, failed, or went through thousands of tiny, terrible moments that left you falling into your bed at the end of the night, a messy pile of exhaustion and tears.
I get it. Today absolutely sucked.
And I know right now it feels like you physically cannot move, like there are chains around your arms and legs, holding you hostage in this bed. I know it feels like there are weights on your heart, pushing you down, crushing your ribs so heavily you can hardly breathe.
You’re struggling right now.
All the resolve you usually have, all the motivation you typically find in the deepest parts of your heart, all the confidence and happiness and strength you’ve had in the past—it’s gone.
All you feel is emptiness. And you’re at a loss.
I get it. Life breaks us down sometimes. Breaks us to the point where we don’t know who we are anymore.
But I want to give you a little sliver of hope in your brokenness – Today is one day, 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,00 seconds. And then it’s gone.
Today may be long, may be painful, may be defeating and hard and frustrating.
Today may have left you with no direction and no hope.
But tomorrow is coming. And tomorrow is a new day.
The pain of today, the burdens, the ache, the messiness and noise – this will all fade as the sun sets. And with the dawn will come a second chance. A chance to fix the problems of the past. A chance to rebuild from where you have been torn down. A chance to start over. A chance to heal.
Today may be the hardest day you’ve ever gone through – but today is temporary.
Today will not last forever. Today will cease to exist and one day become only a memory. And that’s not to diminish the pain you’re experiencing. That’s not to say what’s happening and what you’re feeling isn’t real or important, because it is. But you cannot let yourself be tied down by what happened today. You cannot let these 24 hours guide your future and keep you encased in a coffin of defeat.
You must learn from today, grow from today. You must use today to inspire you, to strengthen you, to help you become something far more powerful than you ever thought possible.
You must take the lessons you’ve learned, the people who have broken you, and the ways you have let yourself down, and use this to push forward. You must let evil transform to goodness in your heart. You must let purpose come from pain.
And you must look to tomorrow with fresh eyes.
Because today is today, but soon it will be yesterday.
And then two days ago, and then a week ago, and then months and years and decades behind the person you are already becoming.
So leave today in the past, and step forward into the brightness of new beginnings.
You deserve to heal.