Morning, my sweet friends!

Maybe it’s my morning cup of coffee, or the fact that I woke up early enough to enjoy a leisurely coffee, or that it’s already Thursday, but I have definitely been feeling more peaceful since I’ve decided to concentrate on not guilt-tripping myself. I am cutting myself a break. And it feels really nice. I’m hoping those of you that related to my last post are feeling similar peace in your lives. If not, I encourage you to dig deeper.

While I think a little bit of internal pressure is okay, I have always buried myself under mammoth feelings of guilt and inadequacy and failure. I’m trying to remember that I will (and should) always grow, therefore I can always be better. Sanctification and maturity are roads, not destinations. It’s okay that I’m not perfect, don’t have control over everything. I hear so many echoes of those stressed-out sentiments from my coworkers and friends that I know I’m not alone in pressuring myself to be perfect and to do it all, all the time. I wish we would start celebrating what we actually do.

Work a demanding job with lots of hours? You’re awesome.
Put happy, sleepy kids to bed, but left the dishes in the sink? You’re amazing.
Kicked your family out of the house so you could clean? You rock.
Kicked your family out of the house so you could NOT clean and have some alone time? You’re my hero.
Took a personal or career risk? You’re so brave!
Made someone smile? You’re a treasure.

So what do you do every day? I’m guessing it won’t be “it all,” though kudos if it is. I’m also guessing if you stop to reflect on that question, the answer will be more than you feel like you do. It is for me.

With this burgeoning attitude adjustment, I am better able to plan and to get excited. No longer is it, “I have to do this, this, and I haven’t done this. Sucks to suck.” Now, it’s “I can do this, and I get to do that.” That’s what I’m aiming for, anyway. I have a plan, and a timeline, and I’m excited and happy to begin to execute said plan. And if one day I am too tired, I’m going to try not to beat myself up. Instead, I will pause, take a deep breath, and remind myself I’m awesome. I hope you’ll join me and do the same for you.

 

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