Self-Compassion: Advice from the Wisest Priest Who Ever Lived

Many years ago, my sister went to confession. She had not been in a long time, and, as is typical for her, she felt burdened by her sins, both real and perceived.

Her priest listened thoughtfully and silently. When she finished, she expected her priest to assign a lengthy penance. He did not.

“Have you ever been to Chuck’s Donuts?” he asked

“Uh, no,” she responded.

“It’s on Woodside Road,” he explained. “Their donuts are excellent. I want you to go there and get yourself a donut.”

Such was the advice from the wisest priest who ever lived. The donuts there truly are confession-worthy. If you live in the Bay Area, do yourself a favor, and treat yourself to one. More importantly, be nice to yourselves.

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