FYI January 27, 2019

On This Day

1343 – Pope Clement VI issues the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. Nearly 200 years later, Martin Luther would protest this.
Unigenitus (named for its Latin opening words Unigenitus dei filius, or “Only-begotten son of God”), an apostolic constitution in the form of a papal bull promulgated by Pope Clement XI in 1713, opened the final phase of the Jansenist controversy in France. Unigenitus condemned 101 propositions of Pasquier Quesnel as:

false, captious, ill-sounding, offensive to pious ears, scandalous, pernicious, rash, injurious to the Church and its practices, contumelious to Church and State, seditious, impious, blasphemous, suspected and savouring of heresy, favouring heretics, heresy, and schism, erroneous, bordering on heresy, often condemned, heretical, and reviving various heresies, especially those contained in the famous propositions of Jansenius.[1]



Born On This Day

1741 – Hester Thrale, Welsh author (d. 1821)
Hester Lynch Thrale (born Hester Lynch Salusbury and after her second marriage becoming Hester Lynch Piozzi, 27 January 1741 [NS] – 2 May 1821) was a Welsh-born diarist, author, and patron of the arts. Her diaries and correspondence are an important source of information about Samuel Johnson and 18th-century English life.



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I hope you’re having a good weekend.

This Sunday I’d like to explore a common issue that many have emailed me about.

That issue is about mistakes and failures.

But it is not about how to avoid those things. It is about how you handle them in a way that helps you to preserve your self-esteem and move forward when they happen.

Because if you want to go outside of your comfort zone, if you want to do things that really matter then you will stumble. You will fail or make mistakes from time to time.

It is normal and it is OK.

Those thoughts above are one of the things that help me. And here are 3 more steps that I use when I stumble or have a setback in life.

1. Be your own best friend.

It is OK to feel angry or disappointed for a short while.

But don’t fall into the common trap of beating yourself up and acting like an unkind boss towards yourself. That will erode your self-esteem. Be a kind and supportive friend to yourself instead.

Ask yourself: How would my friend/parent support me and help me in this situation?

Then do things and talk to yourself like he or she would.

2. What is one opportunity or lesson here?

A failure or a mistake is very rarely permanent. It might feel like it is. But most often it is temporary and there is something you can do about the situation.

So tap into optimism and into being constructive instead of becoming passive and pessimistic.

Ask yourself: what is one opportunity or lesson in this situation?

My experience has been that there is almost always something that is helpful or good – in the long run – to find in any situation.

3. Take one small step forward.

With your lesson or opportunity in mind ask yourself this:

What is one small – or tiny step – I can take right now to start solving or move out of this situation?

Then take that small step. And after that take the next small step.

Take care and have a self-kind Sunday and week ahead!

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