and gently. What nice words. In contrast to
the positive tone of these words, how many people look at
themselves harshly and critically? Can you see the
difference in just the words used to describe the
two approaches, much less the difference between the
we're to be people who are helpful and useful to other
people, we must have courage and respect for
ourselves. Otherwise what we offer to others in our
selves is less than we have the potential to be.
Sure, we can rationalize that by being critical of
ourselves we can improve ourselves, but there's far too
much documented evidence of that approach being
ineffective for us to believe it if we're being honest.
being honest doesn't mean just looking at and for our
faults. Being honest means looking at the whole
person and acknowledging what is there, living in
awareness of who we are and what we do. If we don't
like what we see we can change; if we like what we see we
can continue what we're doing and how we're doing it.
we aren't honest with ourselves, we remain ignorant of who
we truly are and what we're truly capable of. Be
courageous, and be aware. Be honest and be
gentle. Be you, and be proud of who you are.