Let’s talk about something that can be pretty funny AND so incredibly painful ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
That something is being a human being.
And ultimately, forgiving ourselves (daily, hourly, minute-by-minute if needed) for this “condition”.
We all logically know that being human means making mistakes.
We’re not robots …yet!
BUT despite that knowledge, it’s amazing how hard we can be on ourselves when we screw up. We beat ourselves up over things we said, things we did, things we didn’t do, and even things we thought about doing but didn’t do;).
It’s like we have a never-ending list of things to regret and feel guilty about.
And we don’t seem to want to let go of this list. Even though we hate it, we guard it with our life.
Sooooo maybe it’s time to give ourselves a break and burn that list to the ground?!!
Because here’s a fact we cannot change: WE ARE ONLY HUMAN
And humans were never meant to be, nor ever will be perfect.
Sure, we could try really hard to be, but that’s exhausting, completely impossible, and only leaves us with pain and guilt. Plus when it comes down to it, it would be pretty boring. Can you imagine a world where everyone was perfect all the time?!
That’s not my kind of world.
When it comes down to it, our mistakes and flaws often lead us to incredible experiences and opportunities. Not always, but often. We learn from them, we grow from them, and we become better versions of ourselves because of them.
So this week, instead of beating ourselves up, could we try to embrace our humanity, laugh at our mistakes, and move forward with a little more grace and humor?
Could we just accept our humanity for what it is? AWFUL AND AWESOME AT THE SAME TIME.
Can we PLEASE forgive ourselves for being human
Meaning, making lots and lots AND LOTS of mistakes. Can we take baby steps towards not just accepting but embracing imperfection?
I know from personal experience that this is not easy. BUT IT IS WORTH WORKING ON. Plus, good emotional health is just a skill; it’s all about practicing. So practice, little by little.
If you want a good resource on guilt and shame, Brenee Brown’s, “Daring Greatly” is an excellent read.
And if you need help practicing, I’m here for you. Guiding you to better emotional health is my life’s work.
Okay, let’s be human. Go!
Emotional Health Matters!