Be Patient With Yourself
Monday, September 20, 2010
After doing a really shabby job this last month of maintaining my exercise routine and eating well (the excuses are limitless - guests, summer vacations, depression, blah blah blah ad nauseum - but are nonetheless just that, EXCUSES), and after having bronchitis for two weeks after my bout with apathy, I got my butt up at 5am and ran 5k this morning. It was the crappiest run ever; I never got into a rhythm, and I really felt like it was the first time I had ever run in my life. In short, it sucked. I sucked.
So I spent most of the rest of my day pissed off at myself for having fallen so hard off my happy fitness wagon. Really, really pissed off. Then I chanced upon this little gem. I'm going to bed now, but hopefully I'll spend the day tomorrow hammering the following into my head, instead of kicking myself silly like I did today...
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”
St. Francis de Sales
This is a very important thing to keep in mind when it comes to personal development and life. Because things will not always go as planned. You will fail. You will bail out because of fear. You will become confused. You will do things you know you shouldn’t have done. You will probably do these things more than once.
Don’t beat yourself up about it for two weeks or three months. Or give up.
Instead, be smart and patient with yourself. And get back up on that horse and back in the saddle again tomorrow.