Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.
– Saint Francis de Sales
Dreams are important. Yes, one day I will grow up and be more wise. But when looking in the mirror it is important to see reality, the beauty of who I am today… in this present moment.
It is also important to look into the mirror of the soul and see the reality of who I am as a child of God. This is how I have learned to have patience with myself.
First I name something beautiful about myself. I give thanks to God for that quality.
Next, I consider something that is imperfect. I ask, how is God at work in this imperfection? What can I do today to move toward God?
At the end of the day I reflect back to see what I notice about the day. Some days I see growth in my imperfections. Other days…well, the world won. But guess what, friends!! Tomorrow is a new day, and I get to try all over again. I hope to live into the picture of my authentic self, the one I greet in the mirror with love. For if I can love and embrace myself, I can love and embrace my neighbor.
May you be blessed today as you greet yourself with love.