Some of us (including me) wrestle with this feeling regularly.
Others (those born with high self-esteem) may only feel the blow when taken off guard by sudden or unexpected losses.
Regardless of which group you are in, it helps to have a plan for crawling out.
These are my strategies:
- Remember I am in good company. (Lincoln once jumped out of a window to avoid jeering about his political mistakes.)
- Remember my historical context. (My lifespan is a mere speck on the timeline. So what?)
- Remember if I am kind I AM successful. (“People will forget what you said or did but they won’t forget how you made them feel.”)
- Remember that I never really know the full significance of events. (Time reveals stunning mysteries. Nothing is wasted.)