Why is it such a challenge
To offer ourselves the same kindness we give to others?
Showing unwavering care for all human beings
While simultaneously torturing ourselves
With degrading words and punitive thoughts.
Injustices by others we automatically turn inward
Into unending attacks against our own character
Willingly taking the blame while blameless
The way we always had to do to keep the peace.
Some day, dear soul, I hope it will not feel so effortless
To absorb and reabsorb the pain of the world,
But until then, let us be kind to ourselves
With an overabundance of reassurance
That we are loved even when we do not feel deserving
We are trying even when we make mistakes
We are worthy even when we cannot see proof.