Is It A Sin or Just an Oops?

This morning as I was washing my face I realized how the wrinkles had really increased over the years.  I remembered how lovely my mother’s face looked up until her passing at age 87.  I experienced a surge of guilt that I hadn’t done a better job of taking care of my skin over the years.  As I continued to talk to myself about it, I noticed that the temperature of my guilt was raising fast.  It soon began to escalate into the category of Sin.  If I had started earlier in my life,  I could have had equally lovely skin.  I had messed up.

I realized how many times I criticize myself; whether it is my cooking skills, body weight, ability to keep a budget or my irregularity in writing blogs.  The criticism quickly leaves the arena of slightly irritating occurences and  escalates to the level of sin.

I then remembered a verse from The Course in Miracles, Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.  If that was true then perhaps burning the french toast this morning  could be thought of as an oops rather than a sin.  Using extra bread, creating a smelly kitchen and making my guests wait for their breakfast could be met with a laugh and a reminder to be more attentive  the next time.

I’ll try to remember to say ‘oops’ and smile today when what happens doesn’t meet my expectations of what is correct.  I do have to run off and have lunch with a friend now.   How many times have I declared it a sin when I have been late for an appointment?  ( My father use to say that if you can’t be on time, don’t bother going.)  However, if I’m late today, I’ll just say “oops”.



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2 Responses to Is It A Sin or Just an Oops?

  1. Hi Barb,
    I love your philosophy on life and the multitude of sins we experience every day. The oops doctrine works for me. I am working on my second book and it has stumped me in only the 4th chapter. As we age, we have losses and gains; however, I seem to be coming up with more losses than gains :) I am trying to look at aging in a positive light…hmm. Not so easy to do. I will check back on your website often. Looks like you have a ton of experience with seniors. Thanks for your blog on the 12th.

    • Barb Warner says:

      Hi Judy, I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you regarding your comments about my blog. Actually I’m continuing to learn the ins and outs of Word Press and just learned where to find comments like yours today. Have you had a chance to look at my book, Keep Your Fork-Dessert Is On The Way: Savoring the Second Half of Life. I’d be happy to send you a copy-$10.00 + $2.00 postage. Let me know what would work for you. I don’t blog as much as I would like. I do also send some things from my Facebook page. Are you on Facebook?

      Hope 2015 will be an awesome month for you. My best, Barb

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