Every year, before my class begins reading¬†The Scarlet Letter, I ask the question, “Should a person be judged by his/her mistakes or accomplishments?” ¬†I receive a variety of responses, but we usually conclude that an individual should be judged on both; in fact, an individual should be judged on his/her reaction to the mistakes he/she makes. The fact of the matter is, that we are all human; we will have slip-ups and mishaps from time to time…
As I age, my destructive decisions have certainly lessened (thank goodness), however, two weeks ago, I stayed out far too late, ate way too much, and drank that extra glass of wine.
No big deal, right? ¬†I’m human; I deserve a break. ¬†Motherhood has been whooping my butt… It probably wouldn’t be, except for that I noticed something:
One destructive decision often leads to another.
Because of my decisions the night before, I woke up with the trifecta: stomach ache, headache, and fatigue.
Poor decision # 2: I skip church, denying myself my spiritual nourishment, and making myself feel guilty.
Poor decision # 3: I go to the diner and eat greasy food in an effort to make myself feel better.
Poor decision # 4: I skip taking my supplements; I just don’t feel like doing a single¬†thing¬†that is not absolutely necessary today.
Hypothetical poor decision # 5: I skip my workout (this is hypothetical because it was a rest day, but you better believe that if it wasn’t, I still would not have worked out).
My point is this: we all make mistakes. ¬†Be cognizant of them. ¬†Be aware when one destructive decision is leading to the next. ¬†It is not always as simple as the aforementioned scenario. ¬†Mistakes can wear us down emotionally. ¬†Someone with a bruised self-esteem can begin to make some seriously poor life choices. ¬†Be aware. ¬†Break the cycle. ¬†One poor decision DOES NOT need to lead to the next.