GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
I don't want to hear it.
Not only have we all said this at one point or another (and likely another and another and another), but we have also all truly meant it. Especially when it's a comment addressing one of our own defects or weaknesses or failures. And though we all have them, almost no one likes to admit them. After all, it's human nature to reject criticism. It's typical and even expected for a person to throw up a defensive shield when motive, work ethic, character or some other fundamental facet of one's being is called into question or scrutinized. But the bottom line is everyone errs...everyone. And sometimes, you just need to hear about it in order to correct it.
Accepting imperfections in oneself is challenging for most but crucial to both acknowledging areas in need of improvement and beginning the betterment process. There's no shame in admitting a misstep because we all take 'em once in a while and guess what? It's okay. Be willing to concede that you're not a perfect boss, employee, parent, child, sibling, colleague, friend or neighbor. None of us are. We're all flawed, period. The key to minimizing faults, avoiding mistakes or sidestepping shortcomings is to acknowledge them, forgive yourself and genuinely resolve to do better moving forward.
Let's hear it for turning hurdles into hurtles ... you may be flawed but you're also fabulous; believe in yourself and your ability to soar.
Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 - R. (1a) Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven. Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered. Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt, in whose spirit there is no guile. For this shall every faithful man pray to you in time of stress. Though deep waters overflow, they shall not reach him. Alleluia Acts 16:14b - R. Alleluia, alleluia. Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.