It has been a long day in the middle of a long week. 9:15 came, and I was exhausted. Normally I try not to do anything after about 9pm or else I have trouble falling asleep, but today I just wanted to get something done, and so I got my lazy bum off the couch and I went and I cleaned my refrigerator.
Yes, I cleaned my entire (gross) refrigerator after my kids went to bed.
It’s pretty now. It actually sparkles. And the gross thing in that bag in the back of the bottom drawer has been disposed of.
I should feel proud of myself. I accomplished my least favorite task, and now I don’t have to worry about it for awhile.
But I wasn’t. Proud of myself that is.
The only thoughts running through my mind were, “It never should have gotten like that in the first place. You failed before you even started because normal people don’t have gross fridges. You are a fraud.”
Yes folks, I have deemed myself a refrigerator fraud. Before tonight I didn’t even know that existed.
But in all seriousness, do you do that to yourself? Do you shrug off your accomplishments (both big and small) and insist, absolutely insist, on seeing the worst in yourself?
I’m guessing you do. I don’t think I’m all that original here.
But think about what you would say to your child. When they do an awesome job on a test at school, do you just tell them “well you should have known that in the first place”? Or when they practice really hard to learn that gymnastics move, do you say, “well better kids would have already known how to do it”?
Of course you don’t.
Because we are great at being cheerleaders for others. We just aren’t very good at doing the same for ourselves.
So tell me, what did you accomplish today? It doesn’t matter if it was big or small, important or trivial. It doesn’t matter if you put a load of laundry into the machine or you figured out the cure for whining.
You had a victory today. You probably had many. How about let’s focus on those tonight.
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