Try to do a little better each day. When we do this, we continue to grow.
Life is not a race against anyone. Don’t spend your time trying to outdo others. Instead, try to make minor improvements as you go. When we strive to improve, we grow. It is easy, really. There is always some little way in which we can do better than the previous day.
Perhaps we ran out of patience with a slow driver or while waiting in a long line. Maybe we reacted with anger instead of love, or perhaps judge without knowing all the details. If we look closely, without blinders, we can see our own missteps and areas for growth.
There are days I know the second I react to something that I need to try again. I don’t beat myself up for failing. We are human, and we don’t always get it right. I try to remember for next time.
You never know what is truly happening within the walls of someone else’s life. Judge them not. Put the lens on yourself as this is an area you are intimately familiar with.
I often struggle with patience when driving and caught behind someone slow. Frustration sets in, and sometimes I’m talking, maybe yelling within my vehicle at the person in front of me. They can’t hear me, and I don’t know what is happening in their life. Perhaps they are lost and having trouble reading signs. Maybe they are older and need a little extra time to enjoy lif. It could be that they are being extra cautious in order to not get in an accident. I don’t know why they slow like they do. Perhaps I need to slow down, and God is reminding me of this through them.
Some days I do great. Other days I stumble. I always try to take stock of my day and see where I could do better. At night when I close my eyes, I rewind my day. When I see where I veered off course, I ask God to help me do better tomorrow.
The path of life has many cracks and edges where one can trip easily if not paying attention. Some falls provide lessons, others scars. Tread carefully on your journey but enjoy the trip. When you look back, you will see where the road tripped you up and where it brought joy.
Take stock of your day and take joy in what you did well, but don’t turn a blind eye to where you maybe didn’t do so great. Ask yourself what you would change, and then, next time, try to do a little better.
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