Yesterday, I screwed up.
It’s not the first time….and it won’t be the last.
It was a bad parenting moment.
And the first thing I did afterwards was beat myself up.
And then the second thing I did was get angry at my child.
Internally calling him ungrateful etc…
And then when I calmed down, I realized that getting angry at him
Was easier than looking within to see the reflection in the mirror
Where I am focusing on what I don’t have rather than what I have
On what I lack rather than the many strengths and resources within.
It is so easy to forget that when you struggle with a situation or a person,
That struggle offers the opportunity to hold that mirror up—to really look at ourselves
With a calm, steady view and with kindness.
So, next time you have a painful exchange or when a situation arises that challenges you,
Or if you find yourself feeling critical of someone in your life.
Ask yourself, what are the parts within you that need your self-compassion?