“La vie est dure!” said my French brother in law many years ago. I did not understand a lot of French and I had to ask for a translation. He said with his best Parisian English accent: “Life is hard”. We laughed a little and jokingly shared the French phrase between us many times during one summer visit.
Do you agree?
In my experience, there is no doubt that life presents us with many challenges; some are major and some less so.
I have a question. How do we ordinarily treat ourselves when things go wrong?
For me, I have learned that I have a harsh internal critic that is an expert with generating self-judgments and criticisms that can often surface when things go wrong. Over the years, it has been quite a challenge to recognize this force in me and to know what to do about it, if anything.
I have to admit that, for many years, this habit of self-criticism often had a free run in the house of my mind and body. It created havoc.
What can one do in this situation?