judgment, intolerance, acceptanceThey say confession is good for the soul, so here goes.

Although I make my best efforts to stay positive, sometimes I fail miserably. Yesterday was one of those days.

To my mind, negativity dominated the conversations in the room. The popular opinion was opposed to my beliefs. I shouldn’t have let it get to me. After all, everyone is entitled to their opinion, right?

Instead, I became inwardly critical of every thought expressed. My judgments of how wrong these people were, took over. I didn’t open my mouth but am sure my body language spoke loud and clear. When a final comment pushed me over the edge, I quietly slipped out of the room. Without even a goodbye, I left.

I’m not proud of my reaction. In fact, I was still unsettled when I awoke this morning.

I stood at the kitchen window and watched the sun rise. The beauty reminded me that each day I have a new opportunity to start again. To do better than I did yesterday. I was determined to make the most of it.

In order to do this, I needed to figure out what had gone wrong. I thought of my husband gently pointing out my lack of tolerance. That certainly got my back up. Couldn’t he just acknowledge that I was right?

Realization struck me like a lightning bolt. I couldn’t accept other viewpoints because I knew I was right! I had chosen to be right rather than be happy. This is something that does not help me live my best life.

This confession is a way of holding myself accountable. When I know better, I can do better.

I am grateful today for the uncomfortable lesson that resulted in a renewed commitment to stay positive and to treat others with love and respect.

4 thoughts on “Confession”

  1. Well done Tandy.
    You’re leading by example.
    It’s so easy to say these solutions but so much harder to live them.
    Your courage and openness gives us all encouragement to try harder and even admit defeat but get up and try again.
    Thanks so much.

  2. Beautiful in your honesty. We learn from each other when we are honest and share our failures and the process back to victory. Bless you, dear Tandy. I love you so very much. You are doing a great work and God is using you. Feel His smile of approval upon your life today.

    Much love and respect, Your cousin, Shirley

    1. Thank you, Shirley. God and I had a long talk this morning. I’m so grateful that His mercies are new every morning.

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