Why are we kinder to others than we are to ourselves? Because once we leave our friend to go home, we do not dwell on what happened. We see all the great things about them, understand that they made a mistake, and move on. But when it is ourselves, we dwell in the quicksand of our guilt which sucks us to a dark place where we can’t see the good things about ourselves as much, if at all.
The trick, therefore, is detachment; once we have acknowledged, analyzed and learned from the mistake, we should give ourselves a hug, tell ourselves that it was only a mistake and that we will be fine, and, just like we do with our friends, let it go.
Easier said than done, perhaps – but oh, so worth the effort.