“My Dear Friend,
Don’t ever allow yourself to forget how incredibly special you are, even for a single second. Without you, the world would not be as magnificent. Let yourself remember to love again, starting with you loving you.”
I rarely admit it but I DO realize when I’ve pushed myself too hard.
A never fail, serious red flag is the word “should.” Any time I use that word it always signals something is out of balance.
The latest subtle example….
I was washing dishes yesterday. No big deal–it was a simple, easy, uncomplicated job. That was until a Pyrex baking dish slipped out of my hands. It fell maybe three inches, hitting the wall of the sink, exploding into a zillion pieces all over the kitchen and dining room. Words began to fly…all mine–all unkind…
Step into the picture, my husband.
God bless you, Michael.
He calmly took charge of the clean up while I used every phrase I could grab from my past in order to describe how inept I was–not narrowing it down to any specific event but gathering every little thing I could in order to make it an all-inclusive evaluation.
It was not pretty.
I know many of you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I took a deep breath. After some under my breath protests, I stepped aside, wisely letting Michael help me get it all put together again.
By the grace of God, I made my way back to the place I’d been many times–the little slip of land where I wash up after pushing myself to the limit–where I finally relax and allow myself to rest.
I am thankful…
Dear God, please help me to let go of trying to be perfect. Help me to realize that I am okay as I am. I was born sacred, and I will always be sacred. Help me to remember that when I stay focused on comparing myself to others–or to some illusion of perfection–I always come up short, and that’s not honoring the gift of life you’ve given me. Help me to remember I am one of your precious children, and I am enough. Amen.
Maria Shriver, I’ve Been Thinking
God bless you all.