Today let’s talk about being gentle with myself.
Have you ever felt like you’re too tough on yourself?
It often seemed like I was doing that – nothing I ever did measured up, and I would focus on the strikeout I had in the softball game, rather than the 3 hits and the great catch I made in the outfield. I learned that behavior as a child. When I had a great game, my Dad would point out that my throw to the second baseman had been late, and the runner moved ahead an extra base. I had to unlearn that behavior as an adult. I had to learn to be gentle in measuring my performance, like I could do for others, but hadn’t been able to do for myself. When I learned to accept the strikeout and be thrilled about the great catch, boy did life get more fun!
Have you ever struggled to be gentle with yourself?
Dan L. Hays offers encouragement for adult children of alcoholics.
The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom
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