Be Gentle With Yourself

If I could leave only one sentiment at Notes Along the Path, it would be, “Be gentle—with yourself and with others.” Why? Though we all deserve love and tenderness, they are not ours unless we believe we deserve them. Deep within, we all long for these blessings, no matter the masks we wear. Love and joy are our ‘natural’ state and the reason we were born—to touch each others’ lives, to bring healing wherever we are.

For many of us, guilt gets in the way of our birthright. We’ve all made mistakes—granted, some more serious than others—because that’s what people do. We make mistakes. It’s what we do afterward that matters. It’s about getting up again, forgiving ourselves and sincerely asking for forgiveness from those we hurt. It’s about looking within and healing what is off-kilter, and if we are blessed with the opportunity, healing what is out of balance between us and others, too.

Decide now to observe your inner critic and the damage it does to your belief in yourself. When you hear the ‘corrector,’ choose instead to be gentle with yourself. Say, “No big deal. I did the best I could,” or, “I love myself just as I am.” Then pass that kindness on to those you love and even to those you don’t. Be a peacemaker.


11 thoughts on “Be Gentle With Yourself

  1. In reading this I am reminded of what a teacher of mine used to say – “There is no such thing as a ‘mistake’. Only unrealised wisdom.” Michael.

  2. Yes, we do learn from our mistakes and self forgiveness is the road to forgiveness of others.

    Best wishes,
    ps: I think you hit the nail on the head with your statement about the other Michael.

  3. Ok ok – Mr. Mike – So you want to get into this discussion too?
    When Wisdom shines the Light, it draws those who are in the land of mistakes to its Light – so be it! We are always here to help the mistaken. 🙂 M.B.

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