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Go Easy On Yourself

I bet you are generally friendly and compassionate to the people that you meet.  But, I also bet that you don’t always extend that same compassion to yourself.

You probably have a tendency to be a bit harsh with yourself when you make a mistake, fail or display a fault.  We all do.  But it’s not necessary.

If you make a mistake – go easy on yourself.  You can always fix it.
If you fail at something – go easy on yourself.  You can always try again.
If you have faults (of course you do!) – go easy on yourself.  You have strengths too.
If you are imperfect – go easy on yourself.  Everyone else is in the same boat.

When you do something wrong, remember the things you do right.  Eventually, your wrongs can become rights.  That’s how we learn.

Revel in the joy of imperfection.  Beauty is found between what things should be and what they actually are.  Nature is not perfect, and yet it is.

Remember that finding yourself takes a lot of (mis)steps.  Sometimes you stumble, or even trip, and sometimes your feet are steady.  Both make up a journey.

Go easy on yourself.  Enjoy your walk.

Have something to share?  Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.  Thanks!

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  • Jarrod - Warrior Development November 2, 2009, 7:16 pm

    I was just reading a book that suggested generally avoiding giving negative feedback because each person beats themsleves up so much on their own accord.

    Changing our internal dialogue can do wonders for us.
    .-= Jarrod – Warrior Development´s last blog ..Never Fear Failing To Meet Your Goals =-.

  • Amanda Linehan November 3, 2009, 10:17 am

    Hi Jarrod – I think that’s what I was thinking about when I wrote this. Usually, we tend to be overly negative with ourselves. So simply being a little easier on yourself will bring you into a better balance, where you are realistic with yourself but don’t need to beat yourself up.

  • Patty - Why Not Start Now? November 3, 2009, 7:02 pm

    Hi Amanda – Very wise advice. I especially love this: “Beauty is found between what things should be and what they actually are.” You’ve found a wonderful way to name those precious in-between spaces in the world and in life. Thanks.
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last blog ..How Do You Sustain Meaning In Life? =-.

  • Tess The Bold Life November 4, 2009, 2:53 pm

    This is like a little prayer, such little words, such big meaning. Needed to hear this today!
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Inner Productivity by Chris Edgar =-.

  • Amanda Linehan November 5, 2009, 11:13 am

    Hi Patty – Yes, I’ve noticed that when you have to work with “what is” while still keeping in your mind on “what could be” it creates a tension where wonderful things can happen. 🙂

    Hi Tess – Little words and big meaning. It’s probably best that way. 🙂

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