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Progress is progress. And it's all enough.

You're struggling. And you feel like you're not doing enough. But beating yourself up is part of the
Progress is progress. And it's all enough.
You’re struggling. And you feel like you’re not doing enough.
But beating yourself up is part of the problem.
You’re doing enough. You’re doing just fine.
What’s problematic is qualifying your progress–deciding that the progress you made is not the right kind of progress.

It Just Is What It Is
There is a society-imposed idea that you aren’t feeling the right kind of way. And that you need to justify how we’re feeling in certain situations.
Here’s the news flash. You don’t need to put a qualifier on how you’re feeling.
Progress is progress. Pain is pain. One feeling will always be relative to another, whether that another is your other feelings or someone else’s.
One of the ways that your brain tries to make your life easier–but, oddly enough, makes your life harder–is by comparing your current feelings to other feelings and experiences. Again, this comparison could be to something you’ve already felt, or it could be in comparison to what others feel, or to what you think they feel.
It gets really complicated. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Your Experience, Minus the Judgment
If you’re in pain, that’s your experience. If you made progress of any kind, you made progress. Period. No qualifier. Just progress.
It’s so common to think that you don’t deserve to feel the way you feel. This doesn’t even make sense if you really stop to think about it. Your feeling is your feeling. It’s your personal experience. It’s your current reality. Nothing more or less.
If you feel that you haven’t made progress, that’s your brain trying to qualify your actual experience. But if you look back to where you were, and compare it to where you are right now, you, undeniably made progress. That’s the reality.
If you can learn to accept that, and do your best to keep emotions out of it, you’ll preserve the mental energy you need to make even more progress.
How do you do that? You practice mindfulness. You learn to meditate. You do whatever you need to do to see the situation with clear eyes without passing emotional judgment on your experience.
This is the calm road that leads to the placid pool of simple, unadorned awareness.
It can take some time to get there, but it’s worth the journey.
Focus on seeing your reality for what it is. Discard the qualifications and judgment.
Just keep moving down the road.
And if the road isn’t there, create one.
This doesn't seem like a realistic exercise...
This doesn't seem like a realistic exercise...
Thank you for reading and learning right along with me. I really appreciate you being here.

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