Are you going easy on yourself? When you look in the mirror, what do you feel about the person staring back? Are you too ashamed to even look? Do you talk down to that person? Blame them or call them lazy for putting off that to-do list for the third week in a row? Do you turn your nose up at them and scowl at their appearance? Their seeming inability to get themselves together? Well this person may have a reason.
They may really be struggling. But they are still there, they have hopes of one day improving, even if it’s slowly and on their own time. So just be a bit more understanding – a bit kinder and a bit more loving. Stepping on the downtrodden will push them further into the ground. Lend your strength to the person you see in the mirror and hoist them up. Give yourself strength. You’re doing the best you can, and that’s all you can do.
Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. (Max Ehrmann)
Haven’t you taken enough of a beating?