I’ll beat myself up tomorrow.
Oh my goodness I love this message that my little chalkboard sent to me a couple of weeks ago. It has been living on my kitchen counter teaching me to love myself in the most gentle, kind way. I know I will need to erase it at some time in the future, but I am confident that my chalkboard will let me know when it’s time.
I was walking with my friend Rebecca and jokingly announced something I was frustrated with myself about, “I’ll beat myself up tomorrow!” and laughed. She immediately told me the story of the Mexican restaurant in the town where her mom lives.
They have a lovely mural painted on their building that says, “FREE ENCHILADAS TOMORROW.”
Of course I’m stating the obvious that any day you show up, it’s always tomorrow. And when we are talking about Enchiladas, it’s cute and funny and also a little sad. Yep sad! Who doesn’t want free enchiladas?!?!?
But then she said, you should write that on your chalkboard. The thing about beating myself up, not the Enchiladas. (I’m cracking myself up today! lol)
So I did. And I was shocked how that offer of grace from my little chalkboard made me feel kinder and more loving to myself.
I saw it on my kitchen counter when —
- I didn’t exercise as much as I said I would.
- I didn’t get as much done during my day as I set out to do.
- I ate more than I should have.
- I unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings.
- I was feeling that I’m not taking care of my elderly mother as well as I should.
- I haven’t rebooked my mammogram appointment since it was canceled due to Covid.
- I can’t seem to make so many and worthwhile habits stick for an entire month (i.e. flossing everyday, skincare beyond using a makeup wipe, meal planning and actually eating what I plan, the list goes on and on).
- I am not the loving, kind and compassionate human being that I want to be every moment of every day.
- I’ll stop now and allow you to create your own list. 😀
Overall, I saw it when I needed to rest and let my mind take a break from negative self talk.
Something about the joking/serious energy of the phrase (AND the sweet smiley face that is sporting some luscious eyelashes) worked for me! Maybe it will work for you too.
Why not give it a try? Grab the photo as a screen shot on your phone and use it as a screen saver. Write it on a sticky note. Write it on lots of stickies and place it where you can see it through out your entire day. See if it gently allows you to stop your negative self talk and brings you the calming peace of knowing that you are not perfect and that’s more than okay. That is my hope and wish for you today. ❤️
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About Chalkboard Wisdom
A couple of years ago, I bought a little chalkboard. It’s 3 1/2 inches wide and 8 inches tall. I thought I was going to use it as a grocery list. But then I didn’t.
The chalkboard sat on my kitchen counter. Waiting. Patient. Knowing her true purpose. She wanted to tell me Truths. She wanted me to see, read and learn about life through her simple messages. She wanted to help me discover how to be happy.
Often, not everyday but several days a week, she whispers something in my ear that I know I am to write on the chalkboard. And I do. Always. Without Fail. I trust her and obediently write her words down with the flaky chalk pencil and I usually add a tiny 5-petal flower. 🌸
The words are written for me but I also know that I am to share them. I believe it would be selfish of me to keep them all to myself.
My Chalkboard and I hope you find wisdom in our words that you my carry on your journey. ❤️
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