Doing Better

From my October 24, 2010 post Facing Adversity
"When you know better, you do better." Maya Angelou's sage words ooze self-growth. When you experience that 'aha moment,' you may realize that at any given time, and through any kind of pain, you are doing the best you can with what you've got. Perhaps you didn't have all the information or see the bigger picture. Perhaps you were reacting to a situation over which you had no control. It's not an excuse nor an absolution. It's simply a way of making peace within. You acknowledge that you did the best you could at the time. And then you can allow others that same space. It ties in with forgiveness--of the self and of others. It ties in with moving on to a better place: a place of healing. You do better now because now you know better. And that is the best anyone can do. A Leonard Cohen line aptly reflects this: "There are cracks in everything. That's how the light gets in."

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