The funny thing about life: we all fall off the wagon. The difference between people is that some choose to get up and get back on OR to stay in the mud and wallow in it. Many people choose the latter. They have tons of reasons why they just couldn't stick with [blank]. They have details, excuses, people that just got in the way of them and their goal to do [blank].
Honestly, it's easier to choose the excuse route. Why? You don't have to take responsibility for it. You can gripe, moan, complain and always point to other people or circumstances as the problem. Never is the problem YOU! So you get a "get out of jail free" card. BUT and yes, a big BUT here, although it might be easier shirking the responsibility for falling off the wagon, living this way is not ideal. It's not a full, life giving, abundant life. It's cheap. It's shallow. It leads nowhere.
So what do I do now? Start over at the beginning? Scrap everything I've done for the past 12 days? Wait until New Year's to start a new goal? Pick a different goal because that one didn't work out?
Well I could do all of those things. But guess what? I'm choosing to move beyond myself, my frustration, my perfectionist attitude, my "all or nothing" mentality and start fresh today. Today is a NEW day. Today is a FRESH start.
- get in shape
- exercise 3 days a week
- ask for a raise
- eat clean
- eat more fruits and veggies
- confront a friend
- organize your garage
- read your Bible everyday
- learn a new language
- mentor someone at work
- finish your college education
- go on a date night with your spouse every week
- stay sober
- spend 30 minutes a day in solitude and meditation
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies [love, kindnesses, second chances] never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Don't let yesterday's mistakes sabotage TODAY. Start new. Start fresh.
Get up and get back on your wagon!