“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”-Francis of Assisi
A couple of things that I’ve had to overcome in myself is shame and forgiving myself. I’ve been told by several people close to me that if a person can be non-judgmental and complimentary to others than they can find satisfaction and love in themselves. How I treat others is how I treat myself. How I see others is how I see myself. What I don’t like about others is what I don’t like about myself. A little over a year ago, I treated others and myself with little integrity. I now strive for integrity, as well as simplicity, peace and equality. I’m working towards progress and not perfection. One day at a time and one moment at a time, I am finding that I am able to–more likely than not–accept myself and others. I am able to live through and beyond remorse and not glued and stuck to shame. I am human. I will make mistakes. I will find moments when shame crops back up into my life, but I will push myself to learn from my mistakes and forgive. By learning and forgiving, I turn shame into remorse and open myself up to being vulnerable; which isn’t a bad thing in life. Self-love ultimately helps me to forgive others and take another step towards where my Divine Being wants me to be.
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