If you are familiar with The Twelve Steps, you may think this is a radical statement. In Step Four, we make a fearless and moral inventory of ourselves.
In Step Five, we admit to a Higher Power the exact nature of our wrongs.
In Step Eight, we make a list of all those we have harmed and do our best to make amends to those we may have injured along the way.
In most cases, these are all powerful ways to begin our recovery journey.
If you are like me and have suffered from Not Good Enough Syndrome, these steps can lead us down a path of shame.
What do I mean when I say stop apologizing?
Stop apologizing for who you are. You are a human being who sometimes burns dinner. You may be someone who forgets to get the milk at the store. Some days you may need rest instead of doing the dishes. You, are human.
You are perfect in your imperfection.
Continue to take inventory and make amends when you have hurt another. Do not make yourself wrong for being human.
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