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Forgive yourself first

It’s Monday and what better way to start the week as with a little inspiration. For me, such inspiration often comes in the form of a quote that somehow speaks to me. At this point and time, it is forgiveness that strikes a chord with me, and it comes in the sense of not only forgiving others who might have hurt us, but also for ourselves and the unrealistic expectations/standards we often place onto ourselves. We are all pretty magical and superheroes in our own way, but I’m talking about the mistakes that we all make at some point. Every journey is different and if you believe that everybody deserves a second chance, then this one is for you. So give yourself a break, and without using this as a crutch or excuse, please do remember that nobody is perfect.

I’ve always had high standards for myself, but over time I learned to acknowledge and remind myself that I did the best I could at the time. Maybe I’d do things a little different if I had to do them again, but I have no regrets and know that those stepping stones were necessary for my growth. I forgive myself while I value the lesson, but most of all, I move on and don’t harbor in the guilt.

Forgive yourself first

Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind.

Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes.

Don’t remind yourself of what should have, could have, or would have been.

Release it and let go. Move on.

~Les Brown


Who am I, and why I write. I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I am the one, holding on to the silver lining when the skies are gray. I’m a believer that nothing is coincidence, but that everything has purpose. I’ve made my mistakes, don’t we all, but I see them as growing pains and they are a part of who I am today. I have lost myself in order to find myself, and I still do from time to time, but in a good way. I’m a big child who laughs until my belly hurts when life wants to be serious. Career wise: I’ve been there, done that, and I took “The jump” off the hamster wheel in an effort to change my future. I didn’t land all that soft, but I can say that I’m still proud to have found the courage to do it. Coming full circle, I had it all, and yet I was lonely and had nothing. Today I choose to be a collector of moments and I chase memories, instead of the material stuff. Less is more, and the motto is quality over quantity. You’d be amazed at how freeing it can be. I see myself as a free spirit that believes in an unconventional lifestyle. Somehow I go against the grain most of the times, not to rebel, but because it feels right to stay true to my unique and authentic self. It takes courage, and you often stand alone, but if you dare, you soon realize that it is the only way if you don’t want to lose who you are. Just like most, my past wasn’t easy and I come from a life that didn’t always give me the opportunity to be heard. Few related and even fewer cared to take the time. But that’s the past and it’s history, the future hasn’t happened and the “NOW” is truly all we ever have. In the end we all have a story to tell, and we all seek to be understood. We all yearn to be heard and accepted and still life is hard and our path is full of stumbling blocks. If we can see the lessons in adversity we may realize that the toughest moments are often our greatest teachers. There is a reason for the saying that the stars can’t shine without darkness, and it might be darkness that will show you the light.
It took a series of (un)fortunate events, to learn to glow through the pain, to learn how to dance in the rain. I believe in Magic and wonder, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As an empath this old soul often feels a little too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today, I am here to tell my story because I believe that it can help others. It is my hope to bring inspiration and strengths to you, while showing you that it can be done. I know you are out there, and I know you are suffering in silence. I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and your voice is being heard loud and clear. Hang on and be strong, transformation is yours. 
In light and love....Rhapsody Bohème 💙🦋

24 thoughts on “Forgive yourself first

  1. What a great and relatable point right now! It’s hard to do this, but I’m doing it.
    One trick is to ask myself “in two years from now, what will I wish I had done two years ago?”
    And then, try to do that thing as soon as I can.

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    1. Yes, you are right and it can be tricky. What helps me us not to have too many expectations. To not worry and try to control everything. And to do the best I can when the time comes.
      Thank you for your input Ward, always so appreciated.

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  2. Where I am will be interesting to look back on in several years. I may need that far of a window to really understand. My mistakes suck, make for a good story and I manage. Sometimes.
    💜 you, my friend.

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    1. You are strong my sweet friend and we all make mistakes. The key is to find peace with the things that go wrong. To remember that we are all human and to give yourself a break, knowing you did your best. You do more than manage 😉. Best wishes my dear friend. Love you.

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  3. I have made some bad mistakes. and I can’t ever forget them, let go, or forgive myself. It seems that I can never, ever forgive myself for anything. It’s a painful cross I bear. Ahhh No Worries.
    ❤ ❤ ❤

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