Quit being hard on yourself. We are what we are; we love what we love. We don’t need to justify it to anyone, especially ourselves. – Scott Lynch
The teacher asks Jimmy:
Teacher: “Jimmy, why aren’t you writing?”
Jimmy: “I don’t has a pencil.”
Teacher: “Jimmy, that’s not a correct sentence. The correct way is: I don’t have a pencil; he doesn’t have a pencil; we don’t have a pencil.”
Jimmy: “Who stole all the pencils then?”
When we feel that those around us are being tough or judgemental, I can guarantee, when you look more closely, they are being tough on themselves.
We are all our own worst critics and judge ourselves harshly at times, believe me I know, I am one of them, but what I have found is that when I do, I am much more likely to judge those around me.
I like the story above because it reminds me that at the end of the day, some things don’t matter. It doesn’t matter if I am not perfect, it doesn’t matter if I sometimes make mistakes or feel inadequate. Remember we are human, we are vulnerable. Sometimes we just need to let it go, lighten up and learn to be gentle and kind to ourselves. Once we do, it will always ripple out to those around us.