If you have a blog or a journal or a diary, I will venture to guess you have some entries you wrote in the past that you cringe over when reading today. I have LOTS and LOTS of these kinds of entries, but am thankful for every last one of them because they help document my thoughts and beliefs at the time. And, everybody say it out loud now, WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER YOU DO BETTER!
So, in order for me to move forward, I need to take a moment and go back to make peace with a few decisions I have made in the past.
FIRST: Today marks 6 months since I have had a cigarette. ::insert head hanging in shame:: This decision haunts me the most, because I DID know better, and kept the behavior the same because I was too weak to be without my crutch. Too weak to believe I deserved better for myself. Certainly I knew those around me deserved more than seeing their wife and mom do something dangerous. And, of course I told my kids smoking was bad for you and bad for me and I would stop as soon as I could muster up the strength to do so. Even an email dated 02/06/08 from my daughter couldn't motivate me to quit.
"I was watching a show and they where talking about how bad smoking is for you and it has been bothering me . madison'
But I did save the email. And, over time, I gathered up enough courage to say "enough". WYKBYDB ....... even if it takes some time.
SECOND: I wrote this post back on 10/14/09 about making school lunches on the cheap. At the time, I was extremely proud of how I was being frugal and helping out our family budget by spending so little. While I am still proud of being frugal, I am NOT so proud of what I was putting in those lunches:
- store brand, preservative filled peanut butter and jelly
- the cheapest 'wheat' bread I could find (which included a list of horribly long, chemically laded ingredients)
- Jello. Yes I made it, but the amount of sugar and food dyes are ridiculous.
- potato chips which have no nutritional value
- juice. Kool-Aid people (store brand, of course). Why wasn't I giving them water????
Ack. Just plain 'ole Ack. Now I spend at least double the amount of money on the kids' school lunches, but I am sending them off with MUCH healthier foods. Granted, my intent was good then, and my intent is good now, but the difference makes me shudder. WYKBYDB
THIRD: Don't start what you can't finish ...... or at least don't blog about it. My post(s) about 29 gifts in 29 days were well intended, but as I look back on those words I question my reason for wanting to share all the details. Certainly I was receiving gifts just as quickly as I was giving them away ........ ::ding, ding:: this the point of the journey. Now, however, I realize I should have taken that challenge in silence. Leaving it off of the written page. The meaning and purpose of the challenge was lost by the bragging that inevitably took place when telling someone else about your 'good deed'. WYKBYDB
These are just a few of the things my mind has been stuck on righting. Similar to Writer's Block ......... just as necessary to address so you can move on.
So, here I am now ......... moving on.