When things are going well, it is hard to suffer a large setback.
It can feel like a failure.
It can feel like a lack of forward movement.
It can feel like a large step back to the beginning of spiritual growth.
But the fact is… setbacks are a part of life… and I must learn to be kind to myself and accept each setback with grace as I work through my frustration.
I cannot mentally flog myself time-and-time again when suffering a setback.
I must reflect, create a fearless moral inventory, and look to see what may have caused this emotional, physical, and spiritual regression.
Have I been taking care of my emotional and physical health?
Have I been truthful and kind in all of my relationships?
Have my emotions been triggered due to a special event, holiday, or interaction with someone from my past?
Instead of being so hard on myself during a slip, I need to be patient and accept… that I am not perfect… and look at all of the good progress I have made on my journey.
“Dear God, help me to be kind to myself and accept that I will make mistakes. Help me to forgive myself and learn from my setbacks.”
(photo courtesy of Lois Cohn)