Today I sat with a woman who cried and cried and kept calling herself an idiot because she said something that hurt a friend's feelings.  Even though she apologized to her friend she couldn't sleep through the night and her stomach was all tied up in knots.   It was an innocent comment and yet this woman's brain wouldn't let go of the idea that she shouldn't have said it.  This poor woman has lived for so very long with the idea that she has to be perfect -- there just hasn't been room for forgiveness and gentleness.  

A major step in stress reduction is in accepting that of course we are going to make mistakes in life, that its ok to be imperfect and that trying is more important than achieving.  These concepts are simplistic but hard to implement.  

Keep noticing the voices of perfection and thoughts that demand the impossible and as always be gentle with yourself.  Let go of ideas that are not helpful and continue to get up and try. 

Here are some words to help along our journey:   "As long as you feel pain, you're still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you're still human. And as long as you keep trying, there' still hope." - Susan Gale