ACCEPTING OUR FAULTS
Faults….who me? Of course, me. The issue is that we would just like to overlook those little things that are less than perfection in our character…….yes…no?
It is a hard task to take a good look in the mirror and really ‘see’ ourselves. We know that there are three ways of seeing who we are: what others see, what the Lord sees, and what we ‘allow’ ourselves to see. There is also the matter of our masks, what we let others see, but that is another chapter for another day. Understanding ourselves for both the positive characteristics and the faults we have is part of our responsibility to own who we are. Without addressing our faults, it is hard to become the ‘best version of ourselves’, as Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic would say. I have found that there is often a silver lining to the fault I find in myself, if I can change it into a better way of being that becomes a benefit rather than a liability. John Kuypers, author of The Peace Promise, says: “When we accept our faults, we gain compassion for the faults of others.” In the end, teaching ourselves to do less judging of others must start with our inner being first.
When you look in your mirror, what do you ‘see’?