Dear Earnest Soul,
Backsliding is a funny thing, isn’t it, friend? When we work so hard to get somewhere we’ve always wanted to be, we think that there is NO WAY we will ever go backward, back to where we were ever again.
We are human beings, however. Sometimes we forget how frail and imperfect we are, how much we have to keep learning every single day.
What we forget most of all though is how much grace we all need. We need to give ourselves grace when we mess up, when we forget, when we slip.
We need to give that grace to each other, too.
Instead we hide our frailties. We keep them in the dark…and darkness makes everything seem bigger and more powerful. The best thing we can do is to bring our missteps out in the light. And the next best thing we can do is be a safe place for others to admit that they may have backslid, too.
Then we can help ourselves….then we can help each other. Let’s let go of shame and move forward. Let’s forgive ourselves and forgive each other. We are all learning.
You are so very loved.