Saturday, December 21, 2013
Another excerpt from my personal journal...
Something else that has been on my mind today is approaching this from the standpoint of forgiveness. In the past, it has been too easy to just throw in the towel after one small mistake.
"I ate a piece of cake. I've obviously blown this whole day. I might as well just give up and eat all these other goodies that are tempting me. Then I'll start over tomorrow." But then "tomorrow" becomes "next week" or "next month" or "New Year's resolution."
On the other hand, having a mindset of forgiveness means being able to forgive myself. "I ate a piece of cake. It was a momentary lapse. I'm not perfect, and I won't get through this journey without EVER making a mistake. This is a marathon, not a quick walk around the block. When I trip up, it doesn't matter that I stumbled. What matters is that I forgave myself, got back up, and kept going."
If I make a mistake, it's not an excuse to throw my hands up in the air and intentionally make some MORE mistakes. Instead, it's an opportunity to learn what doesn't work for me and to use that to steer myself in the right direction.
I don't have to do everything right. I just have to keep trying to do things right. And when I fall short, I just need to forgive myself and try again.