I find that it is easy to get caught up in the constant push and pull to be all the things that we want to be; to be healthier, to be stronger, to be more patient, more confident, more beautiful. And though aspirations are not bad in and of themselves, within this web we can forget to allow ourselves to simply be; to be compassionate with ourselves exactly as we are in this very moment, to wholeheartedly embrace our weaknesses as much as we do our strengths.
And as you begin to cultivate compassion toward yourself, it very naturally begins to translate toward others. It changes the way you choose to see other people and their circumstances. Instead of the rush to judge, maybe you question your assumptions. Instead of immediate criticism, perhaps you imagine what it may have been like in his/her shoes.
Compassion that is lived from our hearts, our thoughts, our actions, our words brings us back to a gentler place. It allows us to soften where we have become too harsh. Each of us, as flawed and as inadequate as we may feel at times, has exactly what is needed to affect and repair the world just as we see it. So allow yourself just a little more room to be authentic, whether that means something amazing or something quite flawed. It is only when we find this space for ourselves, can we find the same space for others.