I am always amazed at how forgiving I am when someone else makes a mistake yet I can spend hours, days, weeks, months, years… beating myself up for the smallest infraction.
I am always quick to remind the people I care about, when they have a particularly trying moment, or find themselves once again dealing with an ugly character flaw, an unhealthy behavior, or a negative attitude that: it is progress not perfection.
We all have our bad days… act out, say things that we regret, become defensive in regards to our own poor behavior.
It is important to acknowledge it… work towards not repeating it… and then let the shame of the slip go.
It is better if I make note of the positives that come out of my digression:
Maybe I am repeating the mistake less over the course of time…
Maybe I’m humble enough to apologize for my behavior instead of rationalizing or denying my actions…
Maybe I am able to share my experience with another who is struggling with the same issue and therefore, benefit their spiritual growth as well as my own.
Today, I choose to focus on progress over perfection, apologize for my short-comings, and strive each moment to be my best-self.
“Dear God, help me to remember that no person is perfect and that there are many life lessons to learn each day.”
I am my worst critic. I am far gentle with others than I am with myself. Great insight with your post, Deedee.
Thank you Judy… Isn’t it amazing how we do this? I will pat someone up and down and talk them off the ledge… but myself? Man! 🙂 D.
Yah, that’s my nature too and always has been. I can fret about my own actions and words but forgive and councel others on cue😳.
I know… yesterday…. when I responded to Elizabeth… I thought to myself…. GOD I WISH my actions/behaviors had been totally CLEAN in my twenty year marriage… then I started to fret and went… well.. nothing I can do about it now but try to act differently today! 😀
Great post! And I can certainly identify. 🙂
Thank you…. so easy to be hard on ourselves! D.
I do love your blog…I love the part about gratefulness
Thank you, Catalina. 🙂