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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day (February 11)

Check out the weird holiday Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day on February 11. Learn the history of this day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

There’s a saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” and it means that we shouldn’t cry over something that has already happened and can’t be undone. Just clean up the mess and move on with life.

In 1659, the Welsh historian and author James Howell wrote the book “Paramoigraphy” which was a collection of proverbs. Included in that book was saying, “No weeping for shed milk.” Crying about it does no good.

Jonathan Swift, the Irish satirist, author, and clergyman, wrote an essay called “Polite Conversation.” In it, he said, “‘Tis a folly to cry for spilled milk.”

Today’s holiday is a time to reflect on things you may still be regretting in your past. It’s important to acknowledge our wrongdoings – and even mistakes – and apologize for them, but at some point the milk needs to be cleaned up and we need to move on.

Sometimes accidents happen, and sometimes they’re something small – like spilled milk. Cleaning it up is simple, and we can’t let something so trivial impact our entire day.

Use today to let go of some of the small things that are weighing on you. If you can’t think of any, then work on your mindset of letting things go. Sometimes a car cuts you off, or your dinner order is wrong, or the doctor is late. Choose to let those things go instead of having them hang on you and upset your entire day.

Ideas for Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this weird holiday. Set them up around your house to give you a daily reminder to not sweat the small stuff.

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