A Brand New Slate


Do you know what I find to be the best part about waking up in the morning? Judging by the title of this blog entry, you can probably already guess what I’m going to say, but if you’re still stumped, don’t worry about it, I’m going to tell you. The absolute best thing about rolling over in my bed and blinking open my eyes after a night’s sleep is that I get a chance to start over again. Each day that I wake up, I am given a brand new slate, and guess what? You are too!

Now, some of you may be thinking that your slate is never completely clean, and that’s partially true. Yes, just because you yelled at one of your coworkers for not contributing properly to your presentation doesn’t mean that it has to happen again today, but what about those big things that tend to hang around you raining down on your parade, causing you uneasiness throughout your life?

It’s true that those kinds of troublesome slates are never truly wiped clean, but it’s equally true that there are ways for you to deal with them. Instead of allowing the slates that are full of bad moments to continue to weigh down heavily upon you until they become too much to bear, try waking up each morning and saying this mantra: “I may have messed up in my life by (insert mistake here) or I may be troubled by (insert problem here) at times, but I refuse to let this (slip-up/problem) have control over me. I refuse to give it the power it needs to destroy my life. Instead I choose to learn and grow from it. I choose to let it bring me new life. I choose to turn this (mistake/problem) into a blessing that will provide me with an opportunity to change my future in the direction that I want it to go in.” Do this, and maybe, with time, those slates won’t be as big as a burden to bear.

So while you do have to carry around some of the same slates for the rest of your life, positive thinker, there are slates that do allow you to start over every day. These are the slates that don’t have to follow you around for the rest of your life if you don’t want them to.

Each new day you have the option to turn over in your bed, pick up your blank slate, and come up with something brilliant that you can put down on your new slate for that day. If you want your slate to be full of positivity then you can make that happen.

Nina Simone, a great African American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist created music that not only brought attention to, and highlighted, the gross injustices that Blacks in America were experiencing in the 50s and 60s, but she also brought a spirit of positivity with the lyrics that she sang. Songs like Mississippi Goddam and Old Jim Crow projected a message of a need for change in the unfair and unequal race dynamics that were being experienced in the United States during the Civil Rights era, but songs like Feelin’ Good and Ain’t got no, I got life evoked a feeling of joy to whoever was fortunate enough to listen to these songs.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feelin’ good,” is one of my favorite lines from Nina Simone’s song Fellin’ Good, simply because so much positivity is able to radiate out from just these few words.

Positive thinker, listen to the message of positivity that Nina Simone sends in Feelin’ Good. The new slate that you woke up to yesterday may have ended up being full of nothing but negativity, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Forget about the bad things that happened that were written on your blank slate yesterday, or the day before that, or the day before that because those slates are in the past, and today’s slate is brand new.

Just because yesterday was plagued by bad event after bad event, doesn’t mean that today has to be.

Wake up each day and focus on filling your blank slate with things that are going to bring you positivity.

Remember positive thinker, you are the creator of each and every blank slate that you receive day after day, so construct it in a way that will bring you joy.

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