I begin to remedy this constant feeling of failure with much prayer and heaps of grace bestowed to myself. It isn't easy after 38 years of constant practice, but I am beginning and you know what I find? I find JOY.
So I encourage each of you to allow YOURSELF heaps of grace - especially during THIS season. Please try and remember that Christmas is about Christ and love and hope and GRACE. The rest of it - the gifts and the mall and the parties and the obligations are all contrived; not real. In the long run the contrived bits are not even important and they certainly are not CRITICAL - regardless of what stores lead you to believe.
This Christmas and in life don't be fooled - love and grace for others and maybe most importantly for ourselves are the things that are critical.
I'll keep you posted!