made some mistakes yesterday. I probably said some
things that I would have been better off not saying, and I
might have done some things that could have been better
done differently. But are yesterday's mistakes any
reason to make today miserable? I don't think
so. I know from experience that the effects of
mistakes fade with time, as long as I don't continue to
make the same ones over and over again. And I also
know that if I take the lessons from yesterday's mistakes,
today will find me making even fewer than before.
through self-forgiveness can we face each dawn as a new
and fresh experience. Self-forgiveness allows us to
put the past behind us and focus on today, on the here and
now. If I'm focused on the regret of what I did or didn't
do yesterday, then I'm not completely present in the
moment. If I can replace that regret with
forgiveness, though, I can be who I am and affect others
with my positive outlook rather than affecting them with
my somber, regret-filled self.
people feel that it's important to beat themselves up over
their mistakes. Some people even feel that it brings
them closer to God to focus on just how "sinful"
they are, thinking that God will somehow try to get closer
to them the lower they dig their holes in the muck and the
grime. After all, didn't our mother give us more
attention when we were crying? But God loves us all
equally, and calling myself a sinner or beating myself up
over yesterday's mistakes won't change that a bit.
leave yesterday's mistakes with yesterday, where they
belong. Bring the lessons with you so that you won't
repeat them, but be gentle with yourself and you'll find
that you're much more able to be gentle with others.