I screwed up.
The screw up has consequences, for me as well as others, involving time, effort and money.
But I don’t. It’s on me.
I wasn’t observant enough. I didn’t ensure I was informed enough.
It’s. On. Me.
And guess what?
That feels good.
Taking responsibility for what I did, feels great, actually.
And it also helps me to accept what has happened. Thereby I avoid wasting my energy on banging myself over the head for what I did. Thoughts like You dumb idiot, Helena, how stupid you are? Why on earth didn’t you stop this from happening? pop into my head, sure. But why waste time and energy entertaining this and similar thoughts? Thoughts that don’t serve me or anyone else, in any way, what so ever. Because it has happened. I cannot undo it, however much I try.
I can learn from it though. Take steps to ensure it will not happen again. Cast a wider net on the screw up; perhaps my learnings from today can be utilized in other types of situations?
All in all, accepting and taking responsibility for what happened, it is the most gentle thing I can do.
Advent Calendar 2018 – number 15 of 24 – on the theme of being gentle.