It’s easy to think this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. And yet it is how it is … and therefore, must be also how it’s meant to be. How else could it be?
The choice isn’t between progress and compassion, but simply between caring and not caring.
Growth provokes mourning, but mourning also provokes growth … the growth of letting go and leaning into life and its lessons.
Beyond all the goals, resolutions, and plans for the future, you — just as you are today — are worthy of love and acceptance.
Underneath we’re all the same, perfectly imperfect, doing what we can, making our way through life, searching for a warm blanket and a tender hand to hold.
A friend of mine who lifts weights recently asked me to teach him to meditate. So I asked him to explain to me the steps of one rep of a bench press.