I just saw this posted on Facebook.
The most important lesson I've learned over this past year is don't let anyone make you cruel. No matter how badly you want to give the world a taste of its own bitter medicine, it's never worth losing yourself.
I also know the wisdom of "You teach the world how to treat you."
The world can be crazy and difficult and none of us is perfect. Even if you balanced on the duty/right line in the BEST way you could, sometimes we beat ourselves up for not doing it BETTER. I don't like myself even while knowing I did the BEST I could....I really did give it 150%. Even in that, I blame myself for giving too much. I lost my self.
So, the first steps in changing something is to see it clearly. That is what I am doing most often these days....is seeing things, accepting things as they are (not as I wish they were) and accepting that I and the world are not perfect. I am not the Master of the Universe. Friends and family are not perfect. I am not perfect. I wish everyone a peace-filled holiday and hope we remember that we are not put here to be perfect by our or other's standards. I vow to myself to be grateful and forgiving - especially to myself. And to balance my life with good and supportive people and give myself a break. Happy Holidays!