~Disclaimer:This post is a little touchy-feely, but it's important~
Today someone I care a lot about had a very hard day. And in giving her my words of encouragement I realized, we never seem to encourage ourselves. It's so easy to give the kindness, truth, and praise someone else deserves, but so hard to create an inner monologue of the same positivity.
Our minds seem to play a trick on us - the rules that apply to others seem to fly out the window when we think about ourselves. We are so critical of our mistakes, unforgiving even. We cannot just let go of our flaws, or relish in our successes ... Yet, when called to stand for a friend, we can become pillars of hope and strength.
In fact, just yesterday, I beat myself up so badly over a mistake at work I could hardly get through the day. And I wonder - why are we so hard on ourselves?
I think it takes conscious effort and constant practice to learn to love who we are the way we love others. To learn to treat ourselves with compassion and give ourselves the understanding we so easily give to others. It doesn't come naturally.
So hey, why don't you cut yourself a little slack today?
Life is just a series of chapters. We don't always get to write our own stories or decide how a chapter ends or begins. But - we can always be our own narrators - and we can spin the story however we'd like!
Tonight I am wishing my friend, and me, and all of us, a little more self-directed kindness and positivity. The art of loving who you are doesn't have to be lost.