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English Literal Equivalent: Yesterday must be buried

English Meaning: What is done is done

Context: The proverb is derived from the fact that once a day has passed it cannot be seen again. Some other days will come but the day that has past will always be past. It is therefore implied that the troubles and goodies of a day pass with the passing of the day and should thus remain in the past just like the day.

Application: There are times when people waste valuable time dwelling in the past instead of focusing on the future. Some people do bask in the glory of their past successes longer than necessary at the expense of the challenges or tasks of the present day. In the same vein people spend more time than necessary grieving the sorrows of yesterday’s worries at the expense of the present day challenges. Grieving the sorrows of the past longer than necessary will never undo the misfortunes that resulted in the sorrows. The simple lesson is that since the past cannot be resurrected, people should learn to let go and move on.

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