Wednesday, September 17, 2014
YOUR LIFE A-Z:MITIGATE
If we lived in a world where there were no MITIGATING circumstances, that black and white world has the potential to be very boring and also very dangerous. Imagine that flexibility gave way to rigidity and that MITIGATING circumstances did not matter. To MITIGATE something is to lessen the severity of the sentence or to look at all of the circumstances involved. To lighten someone else’s load due to MITIGATING circumstances and trying to understand why someone did what they did is important. But what is even more important, it the fact that you learn to MITIGATE your own life choices. To punish yourself for something you did years ago is ludicrous and useless. To view yourself through a negative lens because of mistakes in your past is robbing you of today. Learn to MITIGATE those negative messages in your head. Learn to ask direct questions to those accusations in your head. Ask:
“Did I do the best I could at that time with what I had?”
“If not, then what else was going on that prevented me from doing my best at that time?”
“What would I have needed at that time to make a better choice?
“How can I make the most of the situation today?”
Learning to MITIGATE those negative messages and forgive yourself for past mistakes is important to the quality of life you have today. Google the word to Pink’s song, “Perfect,” and sing them everyday. “Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead.” MITIGATE.