Did you ever find yourself in a stage where you were totally disciplined and all of a sudden your routine changes and you know you should be working extra hard but weaken?
The beginning of the year I began eating well and working out and made great progress with a five pound weight loss. My willpower left me as I went to New York to visit family. Pizza, Mexican food, cappuccino and matzo ball soup won. I know there are Extra-Ordinary people who would not have weakened and I admire them.
I realize this is not the top "breaking the rules crime" but commitment to me is huge and my actions did not match my promise to myself and it makes me feel disappointed. I began thinking of people battling alcohol, drugs, shopping, and many other addictions. Once they make a vow to stop a bad behavior they do not have the option like I did to say "it's OK because I am on vacation."
This experience reminded me that it takes an ordinary person one moment to make the wrong choice and jeopardize their future. All of our choices have consequences that transcend a lifetime.
My crime of putting my five pounds back is not a huge one. But it taught me not to judge others. Stop and think for a second, when was the last time you found yourself criticizing someone? We tend to personalize events when it comes to others actions.
We all need encouragement and teachers to show us the way. Deep down I want willpower all the time but I also am aware that ordinary people make mistakes. Every masterpiece has a flaw. The best teachers in my life have been tough circumstances.
The New York City food choices made me understand the importance of how tempting weakness can be and the effort and courage it takes to admit it and change. Disappointments can be stepping stones. We all need guidance and my wish is for each of us to stop creating road blocks!
Is there something you have done, or someone in your life that may need forgiving? The choice to try to find forgiveness can transcend a lifetime.
The world could be a great place if together we do the extra work to live, love and laugh. Those three ordinary words can begin an extra ordinary journey
Success is not about being perfect!!! I am reminding myself I am a success because I have the ability to be honest and truthful and admit my flaws. I officially forgive myself for gaining those five pounds while on vacation.
You are extra ordinary too so start forgiving!!!!!!!!!!!
We are a few days away from Valentines Day. Don't be like everyone else and give the ordinary gift of chocolates. Be extra ordinary and give the gift of forgiveness. That gift choice takes a lot of extra work but the benefits will last a lifetime.
It is time to stop reading and start doing!!! I have wrapped up the gift of forgiveness and not only did the recipient love it I received an extra ordinary gift as well. Forgiveness heals hearts. Don't waste another second. Shut your computer screen and forgive right this second while you have the chance.
Today may be ordinary but with a little forgiveness tomorrow can be the start of many extra ordinary days to come!!!!