When was the last time you forgave yourself?
You may have noticed my slip in last week’s Oracle Card title. I had initially intended to include something else in but it didn’t come together so did not end up including it. In the past I would have been mortified to see that I had made an error, and then used this as fodder for self flaggelation. I am sure you know the pattern – How could I have been so slack, what will people think, that’s not very professional etc etc.
Engaging in this type of judgement and perspective, results in erosion of self-esteem, self worth and crushes your heart.
Forgiveness – the key to freedom
Forgiveness is the key to freedom and a shining heart. Forgiveness of others is commonly encouraged and definitely allows us to stay free and move forward. I suggest that forgiveness of self is just as important. We are human and will occasionally make mistakes. Allow those mistakes to be an opportunity to learn from, a platform to build improvement from rather than fuel for self-judgement.
To finish, I leave you with this quote from Mark Twain
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it
Many blessings as we forgive ourselves and heal our hearts.