Always be kinder than you feel.
Easier said that done, right? Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I can feel the bustle of holiday excitement beginning. When I am online, I have seen fabulous recipe round ups and wish gift lists. Although we talk about these happenings I feel we rarely address the stress that goes along with this season.
Always be kinder than you feel. You are included in that equation.
A little thing happened to me yesterday that made me consider how hard I am on myself. I have been crushing wildly lately on the website Pic Monkey. If have read any posts on the blog earlier this week you may have seen images with a title included as well as my blog name – The Bikini Experiment. I discovered editing my pictures in Pic Monkey recently, and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. You can bet your bottom dollar that it will be included in Friday’s Favorite Things tomorrow.
I was so concentrated on moving images around and adding borders that I did not realize I forgot to include the “the” as part of my blog name. Duh! As I saw the post publish, I noticed my error. I had already saved the pic to my computer and closed Pic Monkey. I had no way of fixing the image unless I started over again. Do not think I was not tempted! However, I truly did not have time and had to leave it be.
As a bit of a perfectionist, this oversight irked me all afternoon. I was still thinking about it while I was cleaning up from dinner tonight, and wondering what I should do. The answer was that I really had to let it go.
I think this quote applies not only to how we treat eat other, but how we treat ourselves. If anyone noticed the mistake, they would know it is a typo. These happen occasionally, and it is not a big deal. Why was I having such a hard time shrugging it off? Why was I not capable of being happy I learned how to do something new??
It was because I had an image in my mind of how I wanted it executed. Perfect was the only way that was right. It is an attitude I often have with the holidays too. I want everything just so.
As we head into the holiday season the weather becomes challenging and the stress is mounted high. We are traveling to see family, trying to take our last vacation days at work and basically fitting a million things into our day. Every store is crowded and there are a million lines. This naturally comes with the season.
I think we have to simply be a little kinder to ourselves and recognize there will be mistakes, fails and possiby the overall sense of panic that we cannot get enough done. Are there ways to cut back? Maybe you do not have to wrap every gift perfectly, and some gift bags can be purchased. Perhaps you have to ask for a little help with Thanksgiving dinner.
Cut yourself some slack. Always be kinder than you feel. Just do not forget the “the”. 🙂
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