Me in the Middle ~ Self-Compassion

 

Self-Compassion

Compassion ~ Brene Brown

One Mother’s Day I went to the church service at my son and daughter-in-law’s place of worship.  We were a group of eight so getting ready in the morning and getting out the door was a bit of a challenge.  My son was ready before all of us and just smiled and said “It’s an exercise in patience.”  When we arrived for the service, we were late and had to tip-toe in during the Mother’s Day sermon.  It was a sermon on ‘Patience’.  😀  As we made our way to our seats, the pastor was saying “And if we find ourselves always arriving late, we need to have patience with ourselves.”  It really gave us all a laugh!  😀  It helped to give us ‘self-compassion’ and lightened up the moment.

What I took away from that sermon was the message on a photo on the huge overhead screen.  The pastor was sharing the story of what was written on Ruth Bell Graham’s tombstone.  It was a message of Self-Compassion and Humility.  It was a reminder that we’re all ‘under construction’ in this life.

“End of Construction – Thank you for your patience.”

Ruth Bell Graham

 

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I remember those times when things were particularly stressful in my life and I felt I wasn’t measuring up to my expectations for myself.  I was being my own worst critic and definitely much too hard on myself.  Then I read the quote below in a book I was reading for inspiration.  It was such a kind and compassionate image of God being there with us through it all.

“Please be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet….”

Self-Compassion Meditation

~ Chinese Symbol sketch by Mary Lou ~

6 thoughts on “Me in the Middle ~ Self-Compassion

  1. I LOVE everything about this, Mary Lou! And I greatly appreciate Ruth Bell Graham’s tombstone. Sharing on my #mlstl pinterest board for future reference 🙂

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  2. I so agree about being ‘Under Construction, Mary Lou and we do need to cut ourselves some slack sometimes. I know I pressure myself sometimes and then I take a step back, realise the world won’t end and just take time to give myself some love and self-care. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us at #MLSTL and I’m sharing on SM. xx

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  3. I’ve been the same Mary Lou – always frustrated with my own shortcomings and always trying to be on time, and doing everything right. A little self-compassion is such a blessing and also overflows to those around us – if we’re less stressed, then we’re nicer to be around!
    Thanks for linking up with MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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