On day 119 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored forgiving myself as a compassionate act of self-care.
Well, I goofed up.
And, honestly, I’m not all that surprised. Keeping up with a daily blog has been challenging in many ways, especially while traveling. In the process of reviewing my annual blog plan yesterday, I noticed that I somehow missed a day: February 20th should have been Day 51.
I realize this is minor detail is quite insignificant in the grander scheme of life, but it’s an important project for me. But these little things happen to us all the time. And it gives us the opportunity to respond with compassion.
We all make mistakes, and when we do there are a couple of options: 1) We can wallow in the disappointment, chastising ourselves for the error, and thereby inviting negativity into our lives, 2) We can sweep it under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen at all, hoping no one else noticed either, or 3) We can acknowledge it, removing its power, and forgiving ourselves for being human.
I chose the latter.
I’ve learned that doing my best to correct my errors and moving on is the most compassionate way to respond when I fall short of my own expectations. In fact, owning up relieves the pressure I sometimes place on myself.
We all want to perform at our best, but sometimes we have to give ourselves a break to move forward.