Sometimes I don't notice right away, the shifts and changes I make of who I am. Sometimes these shifts are slow or small and it isn't until they have added up over the days and months that I recognize the change. Part of that is I see myself everyday and part of it is, in being the analyst of my life, I can be my hardest critic. I believe we are all that way. The great news is that I am in charge of my thoughts, so when I catch myself being critical I can remind myself that I am ever-changing and that this was my learning experience. I can choose to let the judgement go. I can choose to focus on what I will do next time I am in that situation and I can even practice seeing it in my mind. Most importantly, I forgive myself. One of my favorite quotes is "everyone is doing they best they can with what they know at the time." I don't know who said it originally but it is a helpful reminder, not only for when I feel frustrated with others but, for when I am frustrated with myself. Each moment and every day is filled with choices and possibilities. We each do our best navigating those options and choosing what we feel is best at the time, no matter how it feels after the fact. Today, whatever may be bothering you, forgive it and let it go. Focus on the ever-changing person you are in this moment and the person you want to become. What can you release and forgive? What are you grateful for today? I'm grateful for my ability to write my thoughts and feelings on paper. I'm grateful to know that sometimes that is the best way for me to process my feelings and share any insecurities. I'm grateful for the patience of my loved ones when I am having trouble finding the words I want to say and I'm grateful to honor this about myself even as I work toward shifting my communication skills. I'm grateful to know that like the sand of a beach, we are ever shifting and changing. I'm grateful to have an image of the warm beach in my head as I face this very chilly day. And I'm grateful for some quiet time, both last night and this morning, to practice my own tools of love and forgiveness. We are ever-changing perfection. In each moment we are exactly who we are "supposed" to be, even if we become something else in the next. How have you shifted and changed? How can you accept yourself and your unique perfection today? How can you honor who you are in THIS moment and find gratitude for this version of you? May your day be blessed with the love and honor only you can give yourself. May you see your own perfection even as it is shifting to a new perfection. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.