Those of us with an addiction to achievement often spend too much time pressing for more when we should be enjoying the now. If we’re not careful, we will miss it.
Self-criticism can become deep rooted in the world we create which continually asks, “What have you done for me lately?” The great resignation and the chorus, “Nobody wants to work anymore,” is a visceral reaction to a lifetime of hearing “not good enough” from our bosses. It can become an echo we tell ourselves.
Practicing self-empathy is just as vital as focusing on the needs and feelings of others.
It’s OK to acknowledge our own struggles and challenges without judgment. Self-compassion is a medicine which heals our wounds. It opens the door to the wisdom to learn from our experiences, and the courage to embrace our unique qualities.
Give yourself a break. Celebrate how far you’ve come. Empathize with your own heart. You ultimately cannot radiate positivity and empathy out into the world without first accepting it within.