“How many times do we pay for one mistake? The answer is thousands of times. The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake. The rest of the animals pay once for each mistake they make. But not us. We have a powerful memory. We make a mistake, we judge ourselves, find ourselves guilty, and we punish ourselves. If justice exists, then that was enough; we don’t need to do it again. But every time we remember, we judge ourselves again, we are guilty again, and we punish ourselves again, and again, and again. . .Is this fair?” -Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
How guilty of this am I? How guilty of this are we all? Let’s start off this new year by forgiving ourselves and others of past mistakes and missteps. Let’s stop punishing ourselves for the same ones again and again. What a gift that will be!