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Yesterday is a memory - Today is a possibility!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

When I was in grade school (in the Dark Ages) many projects began with a sheet of manila paper. In first grade we were taught to fold it in half 5 times until we had 10 "columns" where we would then write our numbers to 100. At Thanksgiving I traced my hand to make a turkey which decorated the bulletin board in the hall. Sometimes that sheet of paper was for our own creation.

It was always so exciting to get that blank sheet. What would it become? Occasionally mistakes happened and one would sheepishly raise their hand and hope the teacher would give them a clean sheet for a fresh start.

Every year the PTA sponsored an art contest. The supplies were simple, a sheet of manila paper and poster paint. There were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbon for each class since the levels of skill varied greatly between first and sixth grades. All the art would hang on the class bulletin board in the hall.

I had been working very hard on my painting when disaster struck. Someone tipped the water jar for rinsing brushes and it soaked my art. I was very upset at the time but the teacher helped me clean it up and gave me a FRESH SHEET of paper. A funny thing happened. I didn't repeat my previous work but had a new idea and it was BETTER. While I didn't earn a ribbon my teacher gave me compliments and I was proud of that picture that hung in the hall. She helped me turn disaster into something good.

It's like that on our journey. As morning dawns we have that FRESH START, that clean slate, that blank canvas. We get to start FRESH. Behind us are yesterday's mistakes and regrets. We start anew with a fresh calorie budget. We have hours ahead of us in which we will make many choices that impact our journey.

Upon a single day can be built a foundation for the rest of the week. Set the tone today and follow it. Make the choices that paint a "pretty picture" . Yesterday is a memory today is a possibility.

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SHALISA_B 2/2/2013 7:27PM

    My attitude exactly!!!

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KHALIA2 9/21/2012 5:54PM

  I Agree! New Day, new opportunities!

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NHEMBERGER 8/7/2012 12:55PM

    Press on!

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HYATTI1 8/5/2012 10:33PM

    Good content thanks

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ANYVAR54 8/5/2012 6:56PM

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ANDYLIN90 8/4/2012 9:33PM

    Great blog, thanks for posting with a valuable reminder.

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SAFETYSUE 8/4/2012 8:08AM

    Great blog, well said, simple but profound! It brought back memories of my own but most of all a great reminder that anytime you choose you can stop and get a new clean slate and start over! Thanks for your inspirational blog!
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WHITEANGEL4 8/3/2012 11:13PM

    Thanks for sharing your memories of new beginnings. It is important to carry new beginnings throughout your life. What is past is gone. We have the present to get the best forward. Thanks for the reminder

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AMBER461 8/3/2012 9:28PM

  Interested blog. You are so right, thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/3/2012 5:51PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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GRAMSROC 8/3/2012 3:21PM

  I seem to need lots and lots of fresh starts.

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FRABBIT 8/3/2012 12:35PM

  Well written and brought up some good memories. Excellent point.

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BLUEJEAN99 8/3/2012 11:45AM

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MOM3GIRLSMD 8/3/2012 8:28AM

    Thanks for your message--I really needed it this morning. I have gotten off track, and I really need a fresh start. This really helped me to focus on today, and let the past be in the past. Thank you!

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MARYJEANSL 8/3/2012 12:10AM

  True enough - today is always the first day of the rest of our lives. Good thought.

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JEANNINEMM68 8/2/2012 11:31PM

    You are so right thanks for the reminder!!!

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MAMAWALMART 8/2/2012 10:11PM

    Well put as always

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ALBERTAROSE57 8/2/2012 3:43PM

    Love it!! Same memories here - ah how simple life was back then. :)

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MILLEDGE2 8/2/2012 3:28PM

    You made me smile!

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GARDENQE2 8/2/2012 12:16PM

    I love your manila paper analogy!
I'm still a little girl at heart, and this one really resonates with me!
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COOKI3123 8/2/2012 12:07PM

    SUPER job! Thanks for the sharing! When I awoke this a.m. I had set the tone that I must get back on track...and your artilce has reinforced that. emoticon

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TMOORE073 8/2/2012 11:38AM

    Well said!

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DEBK0923 8/2/2012 11:01AM

    great blog

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    emoticon blog sweet friend thank you for the reminder. emoticon

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MANILUS 8/2/2012 9:17AM

    Wonderful words of wisdom!

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PENOWOK 8/2/2012 7:47AM

    I sure love a second chance!

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THEIS58 8/2/2012 5:17AM

    Love it!

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PCASEY7 8/1/2012 11:47PM

    Enjoyed your blog and it's so true!

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RDY4THIN 8/1/2012 11:26PM

    Great blog!! you reminded me that when I was in first grade, the teacher handed us playdough to make something. For some reason, I ended up with a gray blockof clay. what is gray that I could make? My little mind settled on an elephant... I tried and tried, but it didn't look right. just as I crumpled the last imperfect attempt into a heap, the teacher called the end of the time and took all the playdough away.
That week my parents came home from parent teacher night. They later told me that when apparently looking around the room for all the wonderful work the students did, among the find artpieces was a gray heap of what looked like the neighborhood dog left behind.... with my name on it.
moral of the story: never leave a job unfinished. Ask for that fresh start; each new beginning bears the potential for surprising results! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 8/1/2012 7:15PM

    Good blog! How true! If only everyone would remember this every day!

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HEALTHOLIMPION 8/1/2012 6:27PM

    WOW! That was a wonderful blog, it brought tears to my eyes. (Although with the meds I'm on everything dose lately) but this was genuine. being an artist I love that story, grade school is where my love for art began and I remember having many days like that back then. THANK YOU emoticon

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BECCAROCKS1 8/1/2012 4:45PM

    emoticon emoticon This has to be the most inspiring post I have read so far. Thank you. I intend to fill tomorrows blank piece of paper with many happy images emoticon

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TEACHING1ST 8/1/2012 11:46AM

    Being a teacher, with school getting ready to start, I loved this. Being a 'here we go again with a new start' person weight-wise, I love it even more! Oh, the possibilities...

Thanks a bunch!

mary

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TRACYMT2NY 8/1/2012 10:09AM

    I really love reading your blogs! They are great!

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JULBEL 8/1/2012 9:57AM

    Inspirational Thank you

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FDIXIE 8/1/2012 8:47AM

    Previously, I would use a bad day to give up on my weight loss journey. I have since learned that each day is a fresh start. Since I have changed my attitude I have been much more successful. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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