It’s rainy, gloomy, and I’ve already been mocked online for my beliefs. What a great day to call in to life and just hide my head (metaphorically) under the pillow, right?
Not so much. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking a lot about choosing the kinder of two options, whenever possible. But that doesn’t just apply to when the sun is shining and everything is going well. It’s on the gloomy, snarly days that kindness is most needed.
So, you say, wouldn’t taking a day to just pull back be the kindest option? Not necessarily. Pulling back is absolutely necessary once in a while, for reflection, recharging, and self-care. But when pulling away from uncomfortable situations because your standard response (as has often been the case with me), it is no longer a kindness. It’s a crutch.
Sometimes the kindest thing you can do for yourself is force yourself to do the hard thing, get it over with, and learn the lesson. Sometimes a temporary discomfort is better than the long-term effects of avoidance.
I’m not saying that you should grind your teeth and get ‘er done without regard to your own needs and desires. I’m just saying that sometimes the kindest option is not the easiest.
Be bwave, fellow travelers. We shall perservere.