The early morning hours are a blessing, even if the night has been too short or the day before was rude.  The moments while the house is quiet are ideal for reflection and self-correction.

Feedback, as I get from time to time, is not always easy to hear and certainly not always easy to accept. The cycle of acceptance of criticism is similar to what we go through when we hear bad news according to Kubler-Ross, are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Denial – No!  You got it all wrong! You’re putting words in my mouth. You don’t know my motivations. You assumed.

Anger – Are you freakin’ kidding me!?

Bargaining – I didn’t mean it like that.  Can’t you try to see it my way?

Depression – Ugly tears. Shame. Blame. Regret.

Acceptance – Hm. I guess I can see why it would look that way.  Actually, you’re right. I’ll work on that.

We have to get to that point, the place where we accept, reflect, examine our motivations and the self-absorption or entitlement or apathy that led to the problem, and repair.  We can’t stop along the way, or we are, quite literally, in a bad place.

I am grateful for the perspective and re-set power of daybreak.


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