Nigel Marsh

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Nigel Marsh

When people are having trouble coping I find it can be incredibly helpful to have a mantra that regularly changes your outlook. Not in a dramatic ‘lemons into lemonade’ cliched way. I’m talking about acceptance, low-level optimism and incremental change. Breaking things down into bite-sized chunks makes them more manageable and provides us with many more chances to start again if we fail. So with the above in mind I recommend people that are struggling learn the poem below by heart and silently repeat it to themselves every time they wash their hands:

Every day is a fresh beginning,
Listen, my soul, to the glad refrain,
And, spite of old sorrow and older sinning,
And puzzles forecasted and possible pain,
Take heart with the day, and begin again.

The results of this simple practice have been literally life-changing in a number of cases. Because if tomorrow can be the first day of the rest of your life, why not make this very second its first moment.

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