Somehow I lost a day. Has that ever happened to you? Did you ever just plumb forget to do something? All day yesterday I had a gnawing feeling I was forgetting something. Simultaneously, I was feeling all smug for what I had accomplished, finally getting caught up on a few projects, acing a meeting, organizing some piles long needing attention, and clearing my plate to see my hubby who is coming home tonight from a long road trip.
After staying up late to watch the Olympics and see the U.S. women’s gymnastics team win gold, I prepped for bed and thought about the docket for the next day. Making a plan in my head, I decided to wake up and do my blog early, get to work, go to the dentist, etc., when it hit me: Wait tomorrow is Wednesday. Um, that means today is Tuesday (at least for 15 more minutes). Holy crap, I didn’t do my blog and it’s Tuesday! How did I space so badly?
Even though my calendar reminder popped up with this week’s topic (on Monday I decided to write about digestion, poop in particular), somehow I still missed it and thus neglected a weekly ritual I’ve maintained for months.
So today my dear friends I write about coming clean. Sure I could have made excuses, felt bad about it and tortured myself. Truthfully, I burst out laughing, emailed my two closest friends and hubby who each showed forgiveness, humility and a general “it’s all good” attitude. One even blamed herself for distracting me, taking on my mistake (but that’s a whole other blog).
In the almost two years I’ve been writing Tuesdays with MOJO, I have never missed one. Not when I didn’t feel motivated, not when I was traveling, and not even when I busted my knee.
It is so unlike me to blank like that. But yesterday was a happy day -- I was in the moment, focused, switching between two hats of thinking big and broadly, and checking off boxes and accomplishing things. Hence, I refused to get down on myself for my very public faux pas.
Instead, I decided to come clean with you fine folks. I’m human and I screwed up. We all do. What’s important is how we handle the situation when it inevitably happens.
There comes a time in life when you need to be honest with yourself. To attack head on a health issue or goal, or come to terms with a self flaw that’s never going to change. It’s not only good for the soul, but for you health.
A small study presented at the American Psychology Association annual meeting showed “telling fewer white lies was associated with fewer feelings of tension or melancholy, as well as fewer health problems like headaches and sore throats…”
I suggest including objective self-reflection and self-honesty in the “white lie” category. Most critical is self-forgiveness. We are so much harder on ourselves than we would ever be on anyone else. The relief that comes along with self-forgiveness is freeing and refreshing. So what do you need to come clean about? Face the music and embrace the possibilities.
Yes, today is the first ever “Wednesdays with MOJO”, but no one died and we’ll all move on. Now on to tackle today with zest! Until next Tuesday.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™