Sometimes, even when we put our shiniest best foot forward and come from a loving and compassionate place, things, like all good intentions, will still go to hell.
If our sense of self is too precious, one or two of these kinds of experiences are enough to make us withdraw and never put our shiniest best foot forward ever again. What a shame that would be!
Rather, we need to fortify our sense of self by deliberately seeking out opportunities that set us on that proverbial path. Goodness why? You ask. Because it's the only way we'll realize that when things go sideways, when things don't go as planned, it's at the worst a bump in the road, and at its best, an education.