You always do that” He said as she eased the car into reverse.
“Do what?” She asked, honestly confused.
“You always let off the brake and let the car roll forward into the curb”
Her first thought was so what! why does it matter? I’m not hurting you or my car, and who cares anyway? She could feel the tiny sting of hurt creep in at the mild criticism. Small as it was, it didn’t feel good. She felt the need to defend herself. To explain what she’d done and why she’d done it. She felt like she’d done something wrong, or hadn’t behaved in an acceptable manner. Her face pulled into a frown.
And then she remembered… Even so, I am still good enough.
That felt better.
She hadn’t meant to roll into the curb, and certainly hadn’t been aware it had become a pattern for her. It was innocent enough, and again, the action itself affecting no one and nothing.
I Am Still Good Enough.
Just thinking those words made her feel better. Instantly the needle jab abated, and she smiled again.
Words of criticism can only hurt us if we let them, if we choose to believe them.
The next time you feel that little pang, the defensiveness and hurt welling within you, decide to believe something different. Remember that you are still good enough. Because really, you are.
As always it is my goal to uplift, inspire and help others to heal their lives. Thank you for allowing me to be part of that with you. - Kim