Monday, October 27, 2014

Motivational Monday 10 - The Blank Slate

Disclosure: I have consumed more chocolate bars than I care to count over the past 24 hours. Therefore if my post does not make sense, please don’t blame me; blame the sugar. Thank you.

My neighborhood had their trick-or-treat this weekend, and I have no self-control when it comes to snacking, so I have probably consumed about 2,000 calories worth of chocolate from late Saturday night until early Sunday evening.

Candy is delicious, but only good in moderation!
For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog, you probably know that I’m also a health-buff and promote healthy living. So you can probably jump to the conclusion that not only am I physically ill from all this sugar, but I am also a bit disappointed with my lack of self-control.

However, there is good news: tomorrow is a new day.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that no matter how badly we may screw up, we always have a chance to get it right the next day? It doesn’t change the fact that we did mess up, but it does mean that we don’t have to be defined by our mistakes. Tomorrow is always tabula rasa, or a blank slate. We have the choice to either make the same mistake again or learn from our mistake and make new choices based on that.

Now, the fact that there is always a tomorrow does not give someone the excuse to screw up over and over again. If you start the day thinking that you’ll get it right the next day, or the next day, or the next day, you pretty much give up your right to the blank slate theory. Tomorrows are meant to redeem mistakes, not confirm them. Besides, infinite tomorrows are not a guarantee.

No matter what mistakes someone may make today, that doesn’t mean they have to be defined by them. People learn by their mistakes; so instead of saying, “I’m a failure because I failed,” try saying, “I might have failed, but now I know what doesn’t work and that will help me figure out what does work.” Trial and error.

So while I might have cheated severely on my diet today, that doesn’t mean that I’ve completely screwed up my life and I have no other choice but to give up healthy living. I can have a fresh start tomorrow (which will probably include a couple meal-replacement smoothies and/or a salad, along with several glasses of water).

Remember: just because someone made a mistake today, that doesn’t mean all of their tomorrows will be the same.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go into a sugar coma for the next several hours.




  1. This application can go towards so many things, and though you were talking about sugar, I kept thinking about life. :) Great write up!! Happy calorie burning, lol. I'll try to remember this post and show restraint on Friday when we have ours (trick-or-treating). ;)

    1. Thanks! It's funny how little things can relate to the bigger picture of life. And yeah, as my photo caption says, chocolate is delicious, but only in moderation! Have fun with trick-or-treating :)