Sometimes it seems that the thing you need falls right into your lap at the exact moment you need it. Over the past few days, for me, that was essays and posts on grace.

I had gone back to working in an office (OK it was a hair salon!) as a way to both get out of the house and to pay for my dog habit.

And I failed miserably at it.

A few days before I quit, an email from Ruth Soukup was delivered to my inbox, and it was a list of things you can do for yourself when life knocks you around.

The first one was:

GIVE YOURSELF GRACE . It’s okay to recognize that you are having a bad day or going through a rough patch, and that the situation you happen to be in right now simply sucks. Recognizing that life isn’t exactly the way you want it to be doesn’t mean you are wallowing, it simply means acknowledging the way you feel. Give yourself a little grace.

And that hit home, powerfully. I realized that not only was it OK to feel down and out, but that by giving myself grace, I could pick up the pieces when I was ready and start again. It was not a disaster. It was a lesson.

And then another newsletter flew into my inbox from, again referencing grace.

“The Grace We’ve Always Wanted” by Amy Brinton is another powerful reminder to allow yourself to be both a success and a failure at the same time!

Acknowledging failure as an inevitable life lesson not only takes the shame out of you, it offers you the opportunity to grow and give yourself, and your life, grace.

What ways have your given yourself the gift of grace? Let me know in the comments!

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