#421: Our Blank Slates

Monday, November 15, 2010

When we awake, we are all given a fresh 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds to use as wisely as we can emoticon. Every day we are provided a blank slate, clean and ready to have written on it our activities, thoughts, dreams, failures and achievements of the day emoticon.

From the wealthiest billionaire to the most impoverished people of the world emoticon, our slates are all the same. What is important is what we paint on those untouched canvasses.

We may not live in a luxury high-rise and may be fortunate to not need to worry where food or housing will come from, but within each of our life situations there remains opportunities for greatness and accomplishments.

But how wisely do we use our 24 hours? Do we lament what we do not have and bemoan the sadness of our stations in society emoticon? Or do we attack our days with vigor and a positive outlook, ready to make the best use of our time as we possibly can emoticon?

We know people who live in dire circumstances yet retain an optimistic outlook and give thanks for what meager possessions they have. They revel in being able to simply be alive and to have another chance at making a better life for themselves and their families. To them, their needs do not deter them from believing life is good.

What about the rest of us who are more blessed with housing, food, clothing and the other necessities of life? What is our attitude emoticon.

Many of us have read the blogs of one SP member who was burned out of her apartment and had to move in with relatives in a very small house and another who has an old van that has a muffler on its last legs and continually falls off or others who are waiting for decisions on disability or have lost their jobs or face other unfortunate situations.

Still, when we read those blogs, the members remain upbeat and inspiring, always trying to cheer others on and to urge us to make the best of our days emoticon.

If they and people in similar circumstances can overlook their troubles and continue to offer blessings to others emoticon, why can't those who do not face such tribulations do the same?

Rather than mope and complain about not having time to exercise, simply do it. Five or 10 minutes. Rather than turn to food we don't need due to stress or depression, clean something, go for a walk emoticon, write an encouraging letter to someone, answer a blog with an encouraging note emoticon or call a dear friend and tell them how proud you are to know them.

When we look at the great achievers of history, there are things they have in common -- they achieve. They do not waste their days. If confronted with a problem, they find a solution. They take action. They fill their daily slate with accomplishments and wish for more hours in the day.

Isn't that how we want to live? Not lying in bed all day and wallowing in a self-defeating attitude, but grasping the hours we are given and doing our best at whatever faces us, looking at our daily slates as opportunities for fulfillment and not as reflections emoticon of failure?

Let's fill our slates with hope, friendship, love and a belief that we are made for greatness emoticon. Let's believe in ourselves and be thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Let's be grateful to be able to wake up to a fresh day emoticon with a clean slate and do our best to fill it with positive actions that carry us closer to reaching our goals and achieving our dreams.
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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Good blog. I don't so much have a problem with moping as I do with simple time management. It's something I'll have to keep working at...

    3798 days ago
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    3805 days ago
    That was really good!! Thank you!!

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    3806 days ago
    You are such a special person. Thanks for this excellent blog. I am inspired to try even harder! You are a great motivator. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon
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  • JUNEBUG4967
    3807 days ago
    This is SUCH good stuff, Lou. *applause*
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  • no profile photo CD6293043
    Thanks Lou, your blogs are always so encouraging and so real... sometimes I think we deal better with adversity than we do when our lives are going along "normally"... we need to remember to maintain an "attitude of gratitude"... every day, not just during the real highs or the real lows! ~ Allison
    3807 days ago
    Thank you Lou! Every blog that you have written has made me a better person in many ways! It is so nice to have a SparkFriend, one who I have enjoyed since day one of my journey. My day starts off with a smile now and continues till its time to call it a night. The in-between time now is spent with positive vibes because of this great site and Fantastic SparkFriends such as yourself. Thanks a whole bunch. emoticon
    3807 days ago
    Love it. Thanks. emoticon
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  • LESLIES537
    emoticon Let's DO THIS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    emoticon blog!
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  • no profile photo CD7748096
    Excellent post! Positive attitude and gratitude are two of the most important things to have or acquire on this journey. Well said!
    3807 days ago
    A great reminder - life is not about me. I'm here for a purpose - to worship my God and to share His love with others.
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  • SPARKIE1964
    Thank you for yet another inspiring blog that gives us pause to reflect on our own lives. We can't always control what life throws at us, but we CAN choose how to respond to life's challenges. It is our fears that affect our attitudes. Fear of the unknown. Fear of change. Fear of failure. Fear of success too.

    It just takes a bit of courage to move past those fears so that we can continually grow. Once we overcome our own obstacles, then we can see the strength that has always been within us.

    This strength gives us the energy to forge ahead with a brilliant attitude that all things ARE possible...

    Hope you don't mind if I blog about your blog today & share your link as your words are meaningful, powerful and spot on!
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  • no profile photo CD5002230
    I can't stop looking at that gorgeous photo!

    God is all about new beginnings, fresh starts and clean slates.
    3808 days ago
    What a beautiful blog! Each day is full of opportunities...the choice of what we do with those opportunities is ours. Makes you think.....

    Thank you for another wonderful blog!

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  • no profile photo CD5178852
    How many of us remember what the slates were used for? Ha, ha it shows that we are people of history and knowledge, right?

    thanks for reminding me to get going on what I want done AND I love to encourage others and get them out walking etc.

    Keep blogging my friend!
    3808 days ago
    Lou, what's great about so many of your blogs, you speak from your heart and from experience! I remember the waiting period you went through, and yet you still remained an encourager to others, still looked for the good in each day, even when you faced some real hardships! I'm sure in many ways, you're still doing it with other challenges that come your way. You just keep going, keep a chuckle in your pocket, and encourage all your friends to look on the bright side! Thank you, my friend! You have affected my life in a very positive way! emoticon emoticon
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  • BOVEY63
    Awesome blog Lou - you have a gift!
    3808 days ago
    Lou, what a beautiful blog, I just love the concept of a clean slate every day. Words to live by for sure. Victoria
    3808 days ago
    Amen Lou! I think as Americans we don't appreciate all we have. We find it easier to complain about what we don't have, and not all the blessings we do have. My Pastor always says that simply be born in America, that we have won the lotto, because even our poor have it better than most people in other countries.

    It's hard sometimes to be an encouragement, to others when you have so much going on in your own life, but you are right we can do it. When we encourage others, it not only lifts them up, but us as well. I'm going to take this as a word in season, and start everyday with a clean slate, and reach my goals and dreams instead of looking at my failures and what I don't have, and be more encouraging to others, whether I feel like it or not.

    Thank you my dear friend for all your encouragement, and again making me soul search, think and look at things in a different perspective! You are awesome!
    3808 days ago
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