What are your little secrets that you don’t want people to know?
Was it something that you did a long time ago? Is it a struggle that still has a hold of you? Or is it a weakness that has never been exposed?
What if everyone knew your secrets? How would that affect your life? You may be surprised to know that it could actually make people more compassionate towards you…
Imagine that everyone in the world had a label on their back, stating what their struggles were. (Hmmm… this sounds like the basis of a really good sci-fi movie!) Knowing people’s back-story would make such a difference to how we treat them. I believe that we would be more compassionate and patient with them. I think that we would be slow to judge and criticize, and we’d feel inspired by their strength.
But in real life, we can’t know a person’s story just by looking at them, so we need to assume that whatever happened in their lives, they are probably doing the best that they can under the circumstances.
That same principle applies to ourselves. I’m often guilty of beating myself up for making bad choices or stupid mistakes. There were times when I felt like the dumbest person in the room! But here’s the thing – we’ve all had those moments, so we need to give ourselves a break.
YOU need to give yourself a break. I’m talking to YOU! When you mess up, accept it, then just plan to do better next time. Just know that everyone has a secret or a weakness, so you are not alone. It’s okay to make mistakes, but just be sure to learn from them. That’s what being human is all about.