~~Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.~~ L.R. Knost
Life can be hard. Our hearts get bruised, our trust shattered, our dreams killed. And sometimes it feels like the whole world is dark around us...cold and hard and we lose something of ourselves....
We lose heart when those we trust are brutal...angry...dismissive.
We lose hope when nothing we try seems to work.
We lose our confidence when cruel words from loved ones echo in our minds.
Those are all tough but there is something even more destructive to our well being. Us ourselves.
We tell ourselves we're stupid when we make a mistake....we tell ourselves we are clumsy, we are dumb, we can't do anything right. We tell ourselves we aren't worthy of respect or love or kindness. We beat ourselves up over and over and over for all the things we 'aren't'.
Until little by little, our souls shrink just a bit. Our spirit waivers. Our outlook on life dims. All because we see ourselves as imperfect.
Yet, if we think about it, all those little imperfections make us who we are. Our large ears hear the laughter of our children and make us smile. Our round bellies remind us of good meals with our loved ones when everything was just perfect....for a while. Our mistakes are stepping stones to learning more about ourselves, our lives, our beings. And we are simply perfect in all those imperfections.
So go easy. Go easy on yourself when you look in the mirror. You are lovely.
Go easy on yourself when you step on the scale. Numbers can go down as quickly as they go up. When they can't because of medical conditions or metabolism, go easy on yourself and take good, good care of you.
Go easy on yourself when you quit on your quit. Your mistakes are not WHO you are, they are what you are doing and you can change what you're doing any time you want to.
Life can be hard, yes. But we don't have to add to that hardness. Go easy, my friends, and find softness in who you are. Be kind to others because you don't know what they're going through....but be kind to yourself because you do. Be kind to yourself because you're trying and that counts. Be kind to yourself because, unfortunately, maybe no one else will....and you so need someone on your side. So make it yourself. And just go easy.