My friend recently bought a new (used) car and accidentally scratched it in a parking lot yesterday. She felt really stupid and was being super hard on herself for making a mistake.
We talked it over and I offered a different way to think about the damage: that her car was now officially hers – she has full authority since it has now been scratched by her, the loving owner – but also her car has learned humility and grown character. She loved this silly take on a situation that was challenging and it made me feel so good to be able to help a friend be kinder to herself.

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