We are very hard on ourselves. Often Our toughest critic, we get caught in the past, allowing its chains to hold us back and from moving forward.
We may look at aspects of ourselves, internal and external, and we tend to beat ourselves up over it.
Inner voices from our often well-intended families, teachers, religious leaders, media, and friends echo in our hearts and our minds.
We do this despite the Jesus in the Gospels who loves us unconditionally. We do this despite the various world religions that echo the spirit of mercy and forgiveness.
We do this despite the own recognition of the divine spark that lives and exists within us.
There is great warning in this self-defeating behavior. Not only for ourselves, but for how we treat others.
Richard Rohr reminds us, “you can forgive the outer world only if and when you have forgiven your own inner world.”
We are works in progress.
Allow your errors to be learning moments. Celebrate the good you have accomplished and find inspiration in how God is calling you, yes YOU, to lift the burdens of others in need.
Forgive yourself first. Like the father in the Prodigal Son, God is running toward you with open arms.
Open your arms back.
Be embraced, be loved, and give yourself a break for once.
If you can do this, you may even find that the way you view yourself and others begins to shift, and your life will be filled with an inner peace that is simply divine.