Today, take a vacation from self-judgment. Many of us have a harsh inner critic that regularly whispers to us all our failings, real and imagined, big and small. Like that hypercritical friend, teacher, or family member, this inner critic believes it is helping us be our best, but instead just makes us nervous, jumpy, self-conscious, worried, self-doubting, ashamed and unwilling to take risks. Today, your job is not to banish the inner critic or try to counter all its messages with holy self-compassion. Just tell your inner critic that today it gets to take a vacation. When it tries to jump in to "help," just remind it to enjoy its rest--and assure it you'll do just fine on your own for a day.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.