More on Self-compassion

A few days ago, I received an email from Lissa Rankin‘s “The Daily Flame” which teaches more on self-compassion. I’m hoping that you like this email addressed to your Inner Pilot Light as I did. If you do, you can sign up for it on Lissa’s website.


My Darling Jerome,

It starts with one small act of self-acceptance.  

You notice my sparkle, and I make you smile.   (I’m pretty lovable, my dear. Like that person you once had a crush on who could make you smile, even when you tried not to, I’m irresistible.)  
That one smile is contagious. It spreads like a happy virus and suddenly, you’re accepting your crooked nose, your crappy driving, your bad habit, and your tendency to drop the F bomb at just the wrong moment.  
Before you know it, you’re laughing at your foibles, celebrating your strengths, and with an awesome combo of humility and pride, ticking off the ways in which you ROCK. And everyone is nodding and noticing because they want whatever you’re having.  
One thing leads to another and suddenly you’re attracting people to you like a magnet, the clients are rushing in, the money is flowing, your health is improving, and the doors are swinging wide open.  
How did it start? You smiled at me. And I smiled back.  


Your Inner Pilot Light

The self-compassion starts with a small act of self-acceptance. Or is it that on small act of self-acceptance is an act of self-compassion?

My first reaction to this email was to think of my children and how they make me smile. I think I have done a good job of being a father and I’m looking forward to all of us being together on Monday after Jessica arrives from Spain for Micah’s wedding on Halloween.

I’m not so sure about attracting people and money, however. I’ve never had excellent social skills, having been the essence of a nerd at the age of 16 – before the term was invented. Yes, I did study chemistry, physics, and math and became a computer scientist. Yes, I had a successful career as a software engineer.

Now I’m ready for the swinging door to open wide and for my inner pilot light to shine!

What was your reaction to the email? Did you also think of your children, or did you recall your first boy friend or girl friend? What is your experience of your inner pilot light?

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