A Clean Slate

Something I read yesterday really struck me. I’ve been checking out all kinds of IVF books from the library and one of the books suggested that each treatment should be looked at as the very beginning of your journey because you have more information so effectively you are starting from scratch. So instead of bringing all the failure with me, I just focus on the current chance and hope for the best.
This proved a refreshing thought so I got to thinking about it in other contexts. I realized that this little clean slate theory is applicable to life in general. If I could really get over the fact that even though I may have royally screwed up one day (whether it be a decision, a conversation, dinner) I have the potential to be great every day. I will obviously bring my life experience with me but I could stand to leave my prejudices and failures behind. Sometimes I forget that important part of my daily prayers…to drop the baggage and start with a fresh perspective. So tomorrow I’m going to try it…a clean slate for everything. I’ll let you know how it goes!

8 thoughts on “A Clean Slate

  1. I am with you 100%. My self proclaimed motto has always been “Don’t dwell on the past, but rather, learn from it, and move on.” Now yes, I am not perfect, but it is definitely refreshing and comforting on the days that I actually apply it. 🙂

  2. Ahhhhhh, dropping the baggage; I think I usually tend to drag it behind me. This is also something I have been trying to work on. Now that I have more time on my hands, I seem to spend more time thinking about things I do wrong, or things I should be doing better. You’ll have to post another blog about how it works for you. Also, I like your new look for your blog; it reminds me of the BYU website for some reason, but I like it!

  3. I think it’s funny that lisa thinks your blog looks like the BYU website…you always have loved BYU. I like the new look, too. I have this same problem, carrying around my baggage, and it’s been worse lately because of these crazy anxiety attacks I’ve been getting…they only last for like 10 minutes and I’m freaking out, and telling Nate that I’m freaking out, and trying to get over it but still freaking out…anyway, that happens to me and I always feel so stupid and bad afterwards, partly because I usually get made at someone when i’m having one. It’s strange, though, because they go away completely after like 10 minutes and I’m fine and laughing. I feel like I end a lot of my days with regrets, and so I need to have this kind of perspective as well, because I think part of messing up the next day is because you’re still worried about what you did yesterday. Love you!

  4. it’s true linds…something similar to that that i heard one time in church was using the atonement as a “tool”…and it goes along with the same thing…thinking of life as more of a project, and when you have those bad days where you don’t perform the best or just don’t feel your best, whatever sad you might be feeling, you can always use the atonement as a tool to help with the next day (like what you say with prayer)…and not just using like in regards to screwups or sin, but also just for days that we feel really sad or unhappy about things…the next day we can try and make a little brighter!! I love you!

  5. I’m glad I’m your seester! And don’t forget that you are GRRRREAT, everyday. Your blog is always so full of happy and good reminders. It’s so easy for me to focus on what we haven’t done when the day is over, or what went wrong, and I always need to remember to put that day away and start fresh. p.s. I like that vote thing on your blog, how did you do it?

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