421. Get Rid of the Poison

A whopper from post 291. The Most Dangerous Thing:

It is hard to feel joyful and enthusiastic when you feel stuck on so many levels. But what if a major reason I am stuck is that I – despite my experience – have allowed other insidious thoughts to reign for too long?

Those thoughts that berate?

For truly, this morning as I ate breakfast at a nearby cafe, getting ready for work, I felt … lighter.

More joyful, if only ever-so-slightly.

In fact, I felt a little … younger.

Just like when I was actually … that young.

So in a nutshell:

Don’t go berating yourself. Don’t go berating others.

Berating is another form of criticizing, of course. Especially yourself.

It is insidious. It takes tremendous time and energy. And accomplishes next to nothing.

It is a relic, I think, from childhood when learning to hit yourself on your head before others did was important. Or something …

I honestly don’t know. I only know that it thrives – this poison of the mind … in almost all of us.

Get rid of it. The sooner the better.