further thoughts on self-grace.

(i received this email late last night, from the aforementioned friend who asked me to write on grace.  it was too good not to share.)

Having grace for yourself means listening to the nagging voice in your head that’s constantly being beaten down because you’re proudly declaring that you don’t know how to have grace for yourself.

Having grace for yourself means realizing you’re not getting anything done, and instead taking a long hot shower, covering yourself in Icy Hot, and then spending a full hour on your meditation cushion.

Having grace for yourself means allowing some flexibility in your schedule, even if you wanted to finish your homework early, be in bed by 10, and get to the gym at 6:30am before going to work the next day.

Having grace for yourself means not freaking out if you don’t make it to the gym tomorrow, even though you’re going through a 1/3rd (one third) life crisis.  Nobody else cares about that except yourself.

Having grace for yourself means starting to realize that you’ll never be the person in the time management book you want to be, and committing yourself to fewer things.

Having grace for yourself means spending the rest of the night studying covered up in blankets on your bed, rather than making yourself sit at a table to study.

Having grace for yourself means taking a few minutes to stop feeling sorry for yourself, so you can pay attention to valuable lessons your friends are putting right in front of you.

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