January-February 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — While I usually quote women in this passion project of mine, as we embark on the new year I was drawn to the words of the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
An advocate of social reform, who was nevertheless suspicious of reform and reformers, Emerson achieved a tremendous reputation with his verse, corresponded with many of the leading intellectual and artistic figures of his day — and during an off and on again career as a Unitarian minister delivered and later published several controversial sermons. He believed, “To trust oneself and follow our inner promptings corresponds to the highest degree of consciousness.”
A friend asked me recently if I promote men. My answer was: Cool men. And so I share the words of a man who I consider to be controversial, courageous, and conscious. See Emerson’s poem below.
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Collected Poems and Translations by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every 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 begin it well and serenely with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on the yesterdays.