Self-Care Challenge (Day 119): Forgiving Myself

LemonsWell, I goofed. 

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. 

In the grand scheme of things (aka life), I realize this is quite insignificant. But “little things” like this happen to us all the time. And that gives us the opportunity to change the way we respond to disappointments.

We have several options:

  1. We can wallow in the feeling of disappointment, chastising ourselves for our error, and in the process 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.
  3. We can acknowledge it, removing its power, and forgiving ourselves for being human.

I chose the latter. 

I’ve found that simply doing my best to correct 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.

How do you respond to yourself when you realized you’ve goofed?

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