This year my resolution was to be kinder to myself. I have been on this planet for sixty-three years, and I finally figured out that just as easily as I forgive others for their mistakes, their good intentions (however misplaced,) and their real and perceived weaknesses, I should also forgive myself. For any episodes of poor judgment, any projects left unfinished, any less "success" than I thought I should achieve, there was also hard work, compassion, selflessness, and generosity of spirit. As easily as I smile at a friend, a loved-one, a stranger, I will try just as effortlessly to smile at that face in the mirror.

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