Talk to any mom and you’ll get a good dose of something we all deal with on various levels-guilt and regret. The trick is how to alleviate those concerns instead of let it eat you and your self-worth alive.
Here’s my guilty list of regrets:
1. Guilt over too much texting.
2. Guilt over the phone call I completely forgot to make.
3. Guilt over not spending enough time with my son.
4. Guilt for not spending enough time taking care of myself.
5. Guilt for letting him watch TV.
The list can go on and on, from minor regret to major mistake. That is, if I let it get that far.
The truth is every personal challenge whether defeat or error in judgment is an invitation in the art of practicing self-forgiveness and compassion. No matter how much energy we spend wishing we hadn’t made that decision or said/ate/did that wrong thing, we can only move forward by accepting we’re human and learning whatever lesson comes with that.
It’s easy to get sucked into that big jello of self-pity and sit in that. It’s much harder to step out of it and realize that while your mistakes are unique to you, we all experience and can’t avoid them simply because we’re human.
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