I have an embarrassing story to tell you. So here it goes…
The Monday before Thanksgiving, I decided to run to the grocery store to catch some Buy One Get One Free deals at Publix. My goal was to get there early enough in the morning in order to avoid the rush that was sure to come.
I made my way through the store adding all of my BOGO’s to the cart and only had one incident. My three year old decided to stick his fingers through a package of ground beef. Ha!
After I took care of that, we made our way to the check out lane. I was so close to being done and heading home. THEN…
I realized I had left my wallet at home. Ugh!
My first reaction was to start beating myself up, You’re so unorganized. How could you be so irresponsible? I thought to myself as I walked back to the car.
Then I stopped myself.
It was an honest mistake.
That morning I had taken my wallet out of my purse to order some checks. While I was placing my order, my 3 year old woke up and then my baby needed to be fed. I had tended to the needs of my kids and left my wallet on the desk.
Instead of beating myself up, I decided to simply drive home, get my wallet, and drive back to the store to purchase my groceries.
It was a bit of a hassle, but in the end, I got the groceries we needed and I purposefully chose to have a good attitude despite my setback.
This little event reminded me of two things that I need and probably you need this Christmas season.
1. We need to slow down.
I was in such a hurry to get to the store, that I hadn’t checked my purse for my wallet before leaving home.
This Christmas there are SO MANY things that have to get done. When there is a lot to do, it is an easy tendency to hurry and rush our family from one errand to another.
I’ve learned that when I rush myself and my family around, it usually ends in frustration. So this Christmas season make sure you intentionally slow down.
2. We need to give ourselves grace.
When I stopped beating myself up about this simple mistake, I decided to give myself grace. Lately, my 3 year old has started saying, “It’s okay. It was an accident,” because he is repeating what I tell him sometimes.
There will be things that don’t go as planned this Christmas. You and I will probably mess things up every once in awhile, and we will most likely forget to do something on our to-do lists. Instead of beating ourselves up, let’s choose to give ourselves grace.