It is so easy to tell ourselves - and others - a story of ourselves based on our deficits, our perceived failings, our struggles. But for many of us, this story is out of perspective, out of proportion. Instead, tell yourself the more accurate story of your resilience. Your courage. Your effectiveness. Your talents. Your ability to love, be loved and to appreciate. See in others their strengths and reflect those strengths back to them.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.