December 1: Forgive yourself first

“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 and let it go. Move on.”

— Les Brown
Photo by Nong Vang,

This seems like a very good way to start the December Wishes series. Because December is crazy and mistakes are going to happen. It will not be as jolly as we want it to be. It will be hectic and insane. Our kids or parents or friends aren’t going to react the way we want them to, to the things we think they’ll love. We will revisit old hurts and mourn how things turned out.

And it’s all okay. We are going to forgive ourselves for any missteps and move on. This month is too short for all that nonsense anyway.

8 thoughts on “December 1: Forgive yourself first

    • Trisha Walker says:

      We visited my grandmother today — she’s going to be 95 on Dec. 23, and we don’t go to see her nearly enough. So that’s going to be the first thing I’m forgiving myself for this month.


  1. Diane says:

    As a Catholic who grew up with an Irish mother, guilt is a major player in my life. I am trying to let go of it as much as possible (I am NOT personally and solely responsible for making a mess of the planet I keep telling myself.)

    A friend of mine once said that he believes that we all do the best we can with whatever we have at the time – and sometimes we don’t have a lot. I try to remember that.


  2. Chris N says:

    Such a good reminder. I often think, I should’ve worked full time, I should’ve been a lawyer etc… But I’m where I am and I have lived a wonderful life. I always need to remind myself of that.


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