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.