Handle With Care: Being Kind to Ourselves

By MJ Ali


We all get stuck. We keep going over past events in our minds. We keep looking back.

This is normal.

It’s also something we can change.

We can’t change the past, no matter how hard we concentrate, or how many times we go over an action we regret or a wrong done to us. It’s just not going to happen.

We can practice letting go, forgiving, learning from past experiences.

And you know what?

“Practice makes possible.”


We all worry about the future. Especially when life is filled with uncertainty, it’s a familiar place. We can tie up our entire sense of well being in this worry, and it can eat us alive.

We can change this, too.

We can’t predict the future. Worrying about it robs us of the present, and the worrying changes nothing other than our blood pressure and anxiety level.

We can practice taking a break from this worry. Realizing we can’t control everything allows us to turn our attention to what we can control. And we do control our reactions, our mindset, our outlook.

And it takes a lot of practice. But again, “Practice makes possible.”


We all have the ability to take a deep breath…

…to stop, to look around

…to notice how our life’s work is mapped on our hands

…to smile at children playing, and even join in

…to give our animals massages – and, if we’re lucky, other humans with whom we’re allowed to be physically close

…to listen to our bodies, our hearts

…to appreciate what we see, hear, smell, taste, touch, sense

…to be still, even for a moment, and be absolutely present.

We can allow ourselves to daydream, to imagine what we wish for ourselves, our friends and family, our neighbors, our planet.

We can imagine a future.

The possibilities are limitless.

And you know what else?

The power of our minds is limitless.

Our minds
Our hearts
Our imagination
Our empathy
Our flexibility

It’s all limitless.

What will you unlock, set free, forgive, imagine today?


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