My goal for 2018 has been to grow in giving grace. I remember when I acted up as a kid, my mom gave me grace. It made me feel like she believed in me when I didn’t have the energy/strength/understanding to believe in myself. That is what I’d like to do. I am blessed with amazing kids and I think giving grace is going to be important in making them feel loved and making them feel like the strong wonderful people they are.
Giving grace is hard, it means taking a breath and not reacting, looking at the situation from a more removed perspective. Doesn’t that sound lovely? But it isn’t easy. It is sometimes, but not always and when I can manage it, it is wonderful! So that’s what this year (and likely the rest of my life) is focused on. Growing in grace. I don’t know how my mom did it, but I hope I can follow in her example.
This also means that I need to forgive myself and give myself grace. Be proud of when I do things well and give grace when I struggle. This doesn’t mean giving myself permission to not get better, it means accepting the moments for what they are and not dwelling on them so I can focus on self improvement.