Daily Inspiration - May 16

If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others. Dac du La Rochefoucauld

Why is it that we derive so much pleasure in pointing out the faults of others and we react so strongly when our faults are noted? Could it be that your self-esteem is so low that any time someone else is proven to be at fault, it immediately boosts your ego, if only temporary? Does it take someone else to make a mistake before you can feel good about yourself? And why do you chastise yourself so when you make mistakes?

You have a right to make mistakes. Sometimes the only way we can learn is through our mistakes. Yet they are so painful to us, so self-defeating. We walk such an agile line of self-worth that the slightest mistake seems monumental. If someone else proves to be wrong, all the better for us. At least we can feel good about not being wrong . . . that time. No one is perfect, yet we expect it of ourselves. It is time to give yourself a little leeway and allow mistakes now and then. And, when someone else makes a mistake, remember that they too are only human. No one comes out on top when we feed our egos with the faults of others.