NATIONAL DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY
On February 11th, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day promotes a positive attitude even when things might not be going your way. It’s a day for looking on the bright side of things and then carrying that feeling with you every day after. Do not worry, and do not stress over the little things. Life is too short to let the little things bother us.
In one of its oldest forms, the proverb was “No weeping for shed milk,” as referenced by James Howell in 1659. The saying has evolved but still retains its original intent. There is no changing what is done, and crying over it serves no purpose.
Everyone knows that unexpected or unplanned things happen in life, sometimes daily. With a positive attitude, life is much brighter and easier.
HOW TO OBSERVE DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY
- Don’t cry over spilled milk.
- Be prepared! Sometimes the things that happen do so because we didn’t study, prepare or organize our day. While not every detail needs to be planned, the general stuff of the day does.
- Expect the unexpected. No matter who we are or what we do, things happen. Kids get sick. Customers make special requests. A car pulls out in front of you. The server brings the wrong dish. You take a wrong turn. It will only be a blip on your day if you adjust and move on.
- Have a backup plan. These come in especially handy for big occasions. We’re talking about surprise parties or a wedding. In the end, what’s really important about special occasions are the good memories we make. If a little milk should fall, er, spill, while everyone laughs, dances and smiles, it really won’t matter.
- Breathe. Ask yourself, Will this issue matter in a day? If the answer is, No, then it’s just a little spilled milk. How about a week? Still a no? It’s still just spilled milk. If the concern doesn’t change the entire course of your life, it’s only spilled milk.
- Share how you cope with life’s twists and turns. Use #DontCryOverSpilledMilkDay to post on social media.
DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar has not found the origins of this uplifting day, we’re not going to cry over spilled milk. We’re going to pursue other avenues and probably spill a little milk along the way.
Spilled Milk FAQ
Q. Is it spilled or spilt?
A. Both are appropriate. While spilled is more common today, spilt has the same meaning as spilled. However, spilt does creep into our usage more when using the idiom “Don’t cry over spilt/spilled milk.”
Q. Are there phrases similar to the “Don’t cry over spilled milk” idiom?
A. Some similar sayings are:
- It is what it is.
- What’s done is done.
- Let bygones be bygones.
- It’s all water under the bridge.