Dropping the ball

We live in a world where the pressure to perform on all levels – at all times – is enormous.

Just under 200 years ago, when worldwide life expectancy was less than 40 years old – we didn’t worry about our bones, our retirement, our careers, our teeth, paying off our houses, saving for the kids college fund, losing that extra 10 pounds….

Life was short and hard and simply not dying of plague, childbirth, war or famine was the goal.

 

 

Today with greatly increased life spans and social imaging sites like Crackbook and Instafame crowing others success all day long, it’s normal and natural that we’re going to feel like we don’t measure up sometimes.

Yet the truth is that everyone drops the ball. Regularly.

For instance, I was eating McDonalds fries at 10pm last night. (I know, outrageous!)

 

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Delicious, salty, greasy cancer. Yum Yum.

 

And nowhere do I see this ruthless self-comparison harsher than with parenting friends.

 

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Dear Parents, you’re doing an amazing job! Take it easy on yourself.

 

I believe one of the true successes in life is learning to make mistakes with grace, kindness and self-compassion.

Being human means dropping the ball – and the gift of what I can learn and how I can grow from it.

 

Texas Rangers first baseman Brandon Snyder, left, and shortstop Elvis Andrus collide as they drop a pop fly by Baltimore Orioles' Robert Andino in the seventh inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Baltimore, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Baltimore won 6-5. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

 

 

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