Sometimes you just need to say to yourself that the work you’ve done today was good enough. No need to beat yourself up over what you did and did not do. Be kind to your self. Be gracious to your self. Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Embrace yourself. You are worth it.
Many times I recite these kinds of phrases to myself so I can remember not to be so hard on myself. I can often be my own worst critic, and that can be defeating. To combat lies and other foolishness bent against my progress, I choose to acknowledge the good in my work no matter how big or how small. I find it encouraging to pay attention to the little things.
Let’s be real here friends. We don’t ever arrive to the mountain top or the “big” dream without the beginning steps. We never get “there” without the “here.” We never ever, or at least it seems to me, get to the good and triumph without the heartbreak, fracturing, or tears. Perhaps it is the same with our living out the ordinary everyday mundane of life. In the right-now moments things seem to either converge or separate. Things go together or they fall apart. The monotony of the day-to-day existence can almost be unbearable. Wake up. Do your work. Come home. Sleep. Rinse and Repeat day in and day out. But what if we called our work good enough for this right-now moment? I wonder how much that would change the way we see, shift our perspective, and enliven our hearts to keep on keeping on?
I say it’s possible, and that is the power of an affirmation in the storm of the monotony or raging of the trial. It pumps a bit wind in our sails enabling us to rise above the desire to want to give up or give in. Acknowledging the work was good enough today gives us permission to be perfectly imperfect as we work toward perfection without feeling like we’re a failure. There is more than enough grace in the uncommon hours. There is more than enough grace to release the tension that may threaten to overtake us. There is grace in accepting even the smallest fruits of our labors.
So tonight I affirm again, that I am good enough. The work I have done today is good enough. I did the best I could. I showed up, held on, and did not lose heart. I encourage you friends to do the same. Look before you and see that not all is lost. Life isn’t over, and there is much more that we will be able to do. Hold this moment in your hands and speak life. Whisper that today was “good enough” because it was and it is.
This is day 5 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.