Falling Short

Today is going to be more of a free writing exercise. I’m not ashamed to admit that this is because I just didn’t meet my goals this week. I wanted to read another book and make a somewhat informed post and I didn’t do it.

That’s okay though.

Sometimes we get really caught up on not just others expectations for us but our expectations for ourselves. It’s easy to get down on yourself when you don’t meet a goal or you fall short of a mark. But is it productive?

I would argue strongly that it isn’t. Just be better next time.

It is human to make mistakes. This isn’t a controversial statement, hopefully. You could easily be fooled into thinking it is, though, with the way many people behave. It’s anathema to be caught being “wrong”. Most avoid that embarrassment through any means necessary. Should we really feel that way though? Think about it this way: we know what we know as a species because, over and over again throughout our history, people were willing to fail and be wrong about things. Being wrong is an opportunity to expand your understanding of the world around you, not something to be dreaded. Failing is not an end, it just means that you have to try again, perhaps another way, perhaps with more conviction.

That’s okay.

The world is such a chaotic place, this has always been true but I believe it becomes more true every day. People always worried about the world ending, but it was more a spiritual belief than a statement of fact in those days. People didn’t wield weapons capable of ending life as we know it. The planet seemed limitless in its bounty, now we are quickly growing beyond its capability to support. In a world like this, you really do have to hold on to the things that make sense to you. It’s hard to see the point in anything now, when everything seems so dire. If we don’t continue to make our purpose and work for things we care about, it will be easy to fall apart and lose hope.

So, today, I guess what I’m trying to say is: Be easy on yourself. Don’t berate yourself. Do the best you can, and try to be okay with the result of that effort . Be honest when it wasn’t your best. Try to be better next time.

Some days are always going to be better than others.

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