It's been said that we are our own worst critic, and it's true. Take a moment to think about how often you chastise yourself: "I shouldn't have said that," "Why can't I be more patient with my kids?" "I'll never have the confidence to speak up in that meeting," "I'm just too nice...."
As a card-carrying Aries (known for carving out the path and forging ahead whether or not anyone is following or listening while simultaneously speaking their mind), I've done my share of self-criticizing. Years of it. My work with Spirit has led me to some serious soul-searching and has made me realize something most of us lack: patience with ourselves.
It's time to recognize your perfection! We are all made in the image of our Creator; no one's "spark" is any brighter than anyone else's. Therefore, we are all magnificent, wise, and powerful. Now, can we hone those "flaws" so they are more palatable to those we love? Absolutely. Can we shift the flaws into gifts? Most definitely. If your gift is speaking assertively (and you chastise yourself for constantly putting your foot in your mouth), by all means, speak assertively! The trick is to speak from a place of love and not from a place of fear or anger. That's when your messages will be most well-received. If your gift is the ability to multi-task quickly and efficiently with little wasted time (read: impatience), then do so from a place of love, not a place of fear or stress over unfinished business. The tasks will always remain! But the love you demonstrate while doing so will be what is remembered.
When your perceived flaws (assertiveness, impatience, or gentleness) lead to success, we inspire others. Take the time to soul-search and use these perceived shortcomings for the purpose of lifting up those around you. The angels will quickly deliver blessings to you when you acknowledge your magnificence!
Most of all, have patience with your faults. They can truly be your greatest gifts.
Blessings today from Archangel Michael.