Wayne Muller in his book A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough says that the root of most of our suffering comes from comparing our lives to the "long list" we have in our mind of "how things should have gone, what life should look like, and who [we] should be by now." Our greatest joy, in contrast, comes from being "seen, known, and loved just as we are." Today, let go of your list. Today, forgive yourself for something. Today, notice something rich and beautiful in your life.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.