Tuesday, July 12, 2011

About Starting Over

This is me.

Well, I am going to change the purpose of this blog slightly. This is a new blog, and I have been trying to figure out the best things to write about. As you know, so far, I have just been writing about writing itself.

Upon reflection, however, I have decided to open this blog to make it broader. What will I write about? I will still be sharing, but rather sharing of my journey of life: what I learn, what I see. It's too confining for me to write only about writing, so I desire to open it up, and include other topics, too. So, all that was just a warning. We are leaving the "write only about one thing zone!" Beware!

So, let's leave that zone, and talk about starting over. I remember saying to one of my friends one time, "I just wished I could start over."

She then said, "yeah, me too, but you can't."

Well, I found her answer kind of depressing, but she was right, in a way. We can't really start over, without carrying over the consequences of what we did the day before. It will be there. It has become reality.

Let's say, for example, we want to lose weight (something I am trying to do right now). We cannot simply start over, and then all the weight is gone. We live with the choices we made in the days and years before, and if those choices led to weight gain, we are stuck with the consequences.

What we can do, however, is to do differently today. Or tomorrow. Even if we messed up again today, by eating a big amount of junk, we can "start over" tomorrow. And we can forgive ourselves for the mess, and start eating healthy.

And that applies to everything in life. Even if we got into an unfortunate job; if we married an non-compatible person, or we neglected to spend time with our kids, we can do differently today, or tomorrow. We can start looking for a different job, we can find ways to connect with our spouse, we can go throw a football around with our boy.

The Scriptures say that "his ... mercies are new every morning." Lamentations 3:22-23

God gives us new mercy every morning, and we can either take advantage of it, or keep bemoaning the terrible choices we made yesterday. There is always hope, as long as we are alive!

For more on my weight loss journey, see my blog, 100togo.
For more on my faith walk, see my blog, Prayers to my LORD.


  1. Hi! Thanks for visiting me over at my blog. I haven't been there much but may be back at it once all three of my kids begin school full time this Fall. Sometimes I think intuitive eating if for people that don't want to lose any more weight... I'm sure I'm not right about that, and I'm certainly going to focus on it, again. I probably wasn't doing it right. ;)

  2. Gina, thank you so much for your visit. I kind of wonder about that, too, for intuitive eating. I guess it works for some but it's too vague for me. Take care!


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