Self-Compassion

shoes3“Self-compassion means not having to be right all the time. Letting myself off the hook if I’ve tried my best and things didn’t come out like I wanted. A lot of it is forgiveness. I get to be a mortal. I don’t have to be better or stronger than other people. I get to just be a fallible, wonderful, person like everyone else. It means I’m not special, but in a good way.” –Laura Simms

I took this quote from this article from PsychologyToday.com. The article is simply quotes from 25 women authors about self-compassion. Authors have particular issues with negative self-talk as they push themselves through the process of creating great works. This is what makes these quotes so encouraging to read.

So along the way in your quest to live bravely, be encouraged and live with compassion for yourself.

Other great quotes:

“I try to follow the model of my behavior toward the human I love and adore the most. Treating myself at least equally as well, if not better. The first time I heard a flight attendant instruct, ‘Place the oxygen mask on yourself first, before assisting others with theirs,’ the metaphor lit up. Immediately.” –Mary Anne Radmacher

“The first thing that comes to mind when I think about self-compassion is being your own inner ‘perfect mother.’ She is the one that tells you everything is going to be o.k. and can always see your beauty, and knows when to listen. We all have this inside ourselves if we listen, even if your real mother is not anything like this.” –Niight Wind

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Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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