Every day is a chance to start over, to improve.

@GardenGerty (91247)
Marion, Kansas
October 1, 2008 8:31am CST
I have slacked off this week on healthy things I need to do, like exercise, and keeping track of my food intake. I am starting fresh this morning. I am going to write some bill checks, and walk to the mail box, and take an early walk. I will not post much, until this evening, because I have a writing assignment, a conference call on a merchandising job, and choir practice at church, but today is the first day of the month, and it is time for a fresh, healthy start. Do you give yourself permission to goof up, then start over? Are you kind to yourself, and forgive your own mistakes and miss steps?
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@paid2write (5204)
1 Oct 08
I was thinking this morning, it's a bright shiney fresh new month and I know I can get things done this month. I do think of each new day as a new opportunity, but a new month is always another starting point for goals and targets. I hope you get all yours done today, and reach all your goals for the coming month.
@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
Yes, I start over again frequently, no need for New Year's resolutions. I have more ideas than I can handle. I think I am on an upturn. My friends who are really into "The Secret" would say I am on the right frequency and am allowing the good to flow in.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I have never been one to make New Year Resolutions. Nor do I really make goals. I life my life for today no matter what transpires. The following day is just another today when it arrives. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
Grandpa Bob, I mailed you an envelope today. Hope the mailman is kind to the little seeds. This is fun. I like having time to share.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Forgiving myself is easy,starting again is rough. Sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you. Good luck in accomplishing it all. Take care.
@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
This seems to be typical of my family members. The last time I was visiting my dad I was scanning and uploading my paperwork to start the merchandising job. He said "Tell them I am interested if they have anything in my area." They did not, but I showed him how to sign up in a database for merchandising and mystery shopping, and I keep forwarding legitimate stuff to him, and he actually has done his first mystery shop. He is seventy seven, and needs to stay out of trouble.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Oct 08
You're funny, 77 and needs to stay out of trouble. Cute. I keep thinking I'm going to get off mylot when I get all my answering done and more pops up. Take care.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
1 Oct 08
In my life style I alwqays give myself chances etc to goof up. I was a boren goof upper type. I have learned to live life One Day At A Time. There is only6 today and one does not know about tomorrow. So I say why worry about the next day in life till it arrives. Then when it does arrive it is still today oin actuallity. Cornfused yet? Hahahaha! I do what ever I feel my head tells me to do at the time. I worry about things seldom actually. Does this answer you at all? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
Sounds like you do not spend too much time "shoulding on yourself" as my brother the preacher would say. It is really inevitable that we will make mistakes, and go the wrong way, but we get to start again.
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
1 Oct 08
It's easy to slack off when our schedules get really busy! (Whew, I got tired just reading about your busy day ahead of you! You GO girl!!) Yes, I try to be kind to myself and give myself permission to goof off. If I don't give me some 'me time' who will?! lol Sometimes it's hard to forgive ourselves when we goof up, and quite often we are our own worst critic. I often have to remind myself I'm only human, and nobody can 'do it all', then I also remind myself that even God took a break for himself ("and on the 7th day he rested.") I think in this fast-paced day and age, too often we push ourselves way too hard, and we forget (or don't have time) to take some time for refreshing ourselves. Every day IS a new one!
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
I try to keep my Outside Employment off of Wednesdays and Sundays. I have lots of opportunities, but I seemed to work nine or ten days a week. Not healthy mentally or physically, and the truth is, it did not remedy my economic situation either.
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@1hopefulman (20483)
• Canada
2 Oct 08
Once someone told me, that today is the first day of the rest of my life. So you are absolutely right. Whatever was done or not done should not affect what we do today. We can turn things around, we can make things better, we can make changes. Yes, we can do all that we want to do. So good for you. Keep that good attitude. Enjoy the rest of you life. Live life to the max! Go do it!
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Oct 08
I like your screen name, by the way. I have had a good day, and tomorrow is going to be good. Got more done than I expected.
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@1hopefulman (20483)
• Canada
2 Oct 08
Thank you! Let's make each day just a little bit better!
• United States
1 Oct 08
I think you are on the right track. I'm pretty hard on myself. If I get in one of those moods where nothing is going right & I'm screwing everything up, I just let it be for that day. But the next day is a new beginning & things are always better. I really do wish I were easier on myself - it doesn't do any good to beat yourself up. And everyone around you suffers! Just ask my family!
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Oct 08
Hi, looks like you are new here, welcome. You are right, when we are blasting ourself others get taken out by the shrapnel.
• United States
30 Oct 08
Thanks for the welcome!
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
2 Oct 08
Always. Even with the best intentions I will fall off the wagon now and again then I just pick myself up and start again. My biggest falls are in living a healthier lifestyle. I miss days on exercising, or I give into the temptation of junk food.Or I just plain blow my calorie intake straight out of the water.
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Oct 08
I have a moderately active lifestyle, but I can ruin the calorie intake in the blink of an eye. It is still better than it was, and tomorrow, I will chart it all again.
@walkthetalk (1308)
• United States
2 Oct 08
You have to don't you. Or you would kill your self. Sometime we mess up really big. Bigger than just a few pounds. So if we can't forgive our self then we'd hand our self. Plus when we learn to forgive our self, then we can for give others for the wrong they do us. forgiveness starts within, and spreads. Don't you agree?
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Oct 08
I do agree. We could be a lot more forgiving of ourselves, and our attitude would then be gentler with those around us. I did better today than yesterday, and I hope to do well tomorrow. Life is a lot easier with those loaded attitudes lifted.
• United States
2 Oct 08
You have to slack off once in a while. What fun would life be if you didn't? You definitely have the right to slack off and then pick up the next day. I think the trick is to give your self permission to slack off, but make sure you get back on track the very next day. Unless, of course, you are on vacation!
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Oct 08
I at least got a walk in today. More than I have been doing.I am working more on my writing tasks as well, and that makes me happy and proud. I am living a vacation, to some degree.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
good for you, we always have to look at a brand new day, otherwise we would always remain defeated and that would not be good. Always strive for a better tomorrow.
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Oct 08
The challenges that I run into are so much easier than some of the ones others have and I learn that every day here at myLot. I am pleased, for the most part with today, and tomorrow will be here before I know it.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
1 Oct 08
My philosophy is that if we beat ourselves up then others will get the idea they can and should do that too. My planning ahead always includes wiggle room, though, as the tasks I assign myself each fall into one of three categories: A - These HAVE to be done and no excuses, and if they are not done today nothing whatsoever will take place tomorrow until they have been don...lol..no eating, no sleeping, no kind of fun at all. B - These OUGHT to be done because if they are not done while still in category B they will eventually end up in category A and that is no fun at all. C - These MAY be done but only if all items from category A have been satisfactorily completed and some items from B have been at least started. Before tackling each item, however, I subject it to something I call a "binary test" (from the Latin word "binarius" which means 2 x 2) It is a simple on the spot analysis of whether it needs to be done or not (and if so why). Yes or No. 1 or 0. The power is ON or it is OFF. This prevents mistakes, you see, and the fewer we make the less we need to forgive and the fewer new starts we have to make. Sometimes, though, it is a good thing to just throw everything out and start over.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I have been trying to eat healthier too. I want to eat less carbs, but I love bread and potatoes. I have been trying though, I have cut down. I used to have a housefull of people and potatoes, rice, noodles stuff like that was a good cheap way to stretch the food budget. Now its just me, I am trying to eat more salads, less carbs and fat stuff like that. Now for lunch I lived it up, I had a sandwich and potato chips, ooopppps, looks like I will have to start fresh tomorrow,
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Oct 08
I try for whole grain breads and I eat brown rice. I love tortillas, and English muffins.I did make a really good bean salad to eat as a side dish tonight.
@AmbiePam (46239)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I think God has given me the ability over the years to ease up on myself when I fail to stick to my goals. Such as walking three miles a week, or making sure not to drink a soda when I vowed to give up all caffeine. Or maybe just making a phone call to someone whom I felt needed a phone call. I always feel so guilty, but all that does is keep me from moving on. I like the idea of fresh starts, and October first is as good a time as any! I got so much done today that I feel I have already started off the month in a good place.
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Oct 08
I think that it is a gift that God has to give us, because Satan would love to see us hindered by our own negative attitude.
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@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
1 Oct 08
H[i]i Garden, I believed I am very kind and considerate to myself...I always tried to learn from every mistake and try everyday to make some improvement and if ever I will fail, I will keep on trying without blaming myself or getting mad on myself.LOL![/i]
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Oct 08
Being mad is a great waste of time, whether you are mad at yourself or someone else.
@Hatley (159695)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Oct 08
hi garden gerty I do now days as I am retired and feel I do derserve to goof up then forgive myself, and start anew. thats a really good way to be. Iused to be so hard on myself, and try so hard to please everyone that I would end up not pleasing anyone, specially myself. As a diabetic I have come to the conclusion that if you are good ninety percent of the time, you can ocassionally give yourself permission to eat that dish of ice cream, or have that candy bar, just count it in with the rest and keep that blood glucose where it belongs.
@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
I have been in that position of not pleasing anyone, especially me. I have only limited experience with diabetes, but I do agree, if you know your own body, then there will be times to have that extra goody, and plan for it. You at least have a monitor to check up on it.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
I've been slacking too with things like exercise and eating healthy. Not so much with bill paying and such but I've been slacking. I try to forgive myself for my mistakes and "start over" but somehow i tend to backslide into slacking.
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@GardenGerty (91247)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Oct 08
If I keep track, I seem to automatically make better choices. I just worked so many hours Saturday, that I got to tired to keep track. I think it makes me more conscious of what is going into my mouth. We even went to Pizza Hut Buffet on Sunday, and I ate about one third of what I have been, so that was good. I did walk this morning, and I am just here briefly, rewarding myself because I have been vigorously troubleshooting my printer. Guess what? I won.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
2 Oct 08
Yea. Health is so important. Recently, a good friend of mine fall ill. She is diagnosed with diabetes. She's only 25. We should never take good health for granted. Sometimes, I do indulge in 'sinful delights' like chocolates. I try not to let it happen too often though.
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@munhozmib (3729)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
4 Oct 08
Hello, GardenGerty. It is always good to start over, isn't it? Begin it all again, making things different this time! I have always tried this but I can never do it. I am a kind of person who is always strict to myself. I want my best, and when I see that I haven't done it I immediately start pressuring myself. I end up forgiving myself, but only after a lot of suffer. I guess it is my way to learn. If I know that I can do better, then I try to do better. I'd like to start over, but I still don't know how. I'll try it sometime soon. I guess I lack efforts in this subject. :D Respectfully, Munhozmib.
@goymon (40)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
I definitely agree with this, everyday is a moment for us to improve in all aspect. If we want to live healthy, start today. We know all the necessary facts on how to stay healthy, but sometimes the problem is, since we know how to do it, we tend to do it late.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
3 Oct 08
Yeah, everyday is kinda fresh start for me, with new resolution and targets to hit.. ANd now in oct, i have new resolution all the way till end of the year, and i hope that i'm able to fulfill them all ^_^ I have even done my planning for my things and so far, i'm strictly sticking to it, making sure i dun slack off ^_^ I believe u can do the same too ^_^