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.