My personal reflection post of week 2 of The Kindness Challenge.
As I focused on this week’s prompt of self-compassion, I realized how the inner voice has changed. I’ve been on an intense journey of self-love over the past four years. Prior to that, the voice in my head was incredibly judgmental, harsh, critical to the point of being merciless. This week I noticed how kind I am with myself and that my default is set to self-compassion. The perfectionist in me used to think of self-compassion as an excuse to not want to move forward, a lack of determination, and settling. As a reformed perfectionist, I understand the necessity of self-compassion. It’s what gives me endurance, strength, and fuel. It’s not a weakness or crutch, it’s not about being complacent and not wanting to grow.
It’s a choice I make each day with the actions I take and words I fill myself with. It’s seeing a weakness and finding out how to strengthen it. It’s seeing a shortcoming and learning to develop it. It’s seeing an imperfection and knowing it doesn’t mean I’m broken. It’s seeing a fault and accepting responsibility. It’s seeing a problem and finding a healthy solution. It’s knowing that I can’t do everything right the first time, and that’s ok. It’s extending myself kindness and love instead of punishment and suffering. It started with setting an intention and has become my default by consistently practicing self-compassion. One step at a time, one day after the next.
For those of you who struggle with that inner voice, I know that struggle and I want to encourage you to continue down the path of healing that supports you to take it a step forward every day.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Please remember this is my personal reflection for week 2 of The Kindness Challenge. If you have yet to post your reflection, please do so and leave your link in the comments of this post.