What are your plans for the weekend?
I was asked this when I woke up this morning, and I was embarrassed to answer. After a long pause, the question was repeated.
Umm….I thought, well…..I’ll be watching The Walking Dead.
All weekend? The finale is Sunday at nine. At night.
Yup. All weekend. Marathon starts at eight tonight so I can catch up on all of the season five eps I missed, and then the rest tomorrow after Palm Sunday Mass. Then after dinner, the finale. What do you want for dinner?
I was answered with a shrug.
I’m already making plans to invite friends over in the fall for the premiere of season six, but that’s another happening for another time. That also assumes the kids will get their rooms and the living room clean in a spotless sort of way, although right now it kind of works for the zombie apocalypse theme.
So yeah, my entire weekend is revolving around a season finale of a show that six months ago I refused to watch. It just goes to show you how conclusions are jumped and mistakes are rectified. They’re not always something as insignificant as misjudging a television series. We all have our more serious misjudgments and mistakes in our past. None of us are perfect, and those mistakes remind us not only of our imperfections, but also of how to retake control of our lives and move forward.
We need to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and leave them in the past, and then keep on going.
Life is all about making choices and then reevaluating those choices.
For television I can decide to go back. Luckily for me (and others like me) there is Netflix to remedy this minor oversight.
In the coming days we’ll be reminded of this again when Peter denies Jesus, not once, but three times, and in the end he is still forgiven and it is forgotten as he is asked to be the foundation for the new church; the rock that the rest is built on.
Big or small, whatever lapses we make, there is always room for encouragement and do-overs.
I know that I will try to.
I forgot about yesterday’s reflection. I have a pang of guilt, but I also know that I’ve done quite a lot, and I’ve only missed two. It’s a reminder that I’m not perfect; none of us are.
That’s a good message, I think.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
-Matthew 6: 14– 15