Sometimes, we just mess up. We fall short of our own idealistic aspirations. We resolve to be better mothers, wives and people, yet find ourselves somehow stuck in our old ways. And we are tempted to give up in despair.

Yet here’s the thing. We may have done something we shouldn’t have—yelled at the kids, snapped at the husband . . . But while it’s okay to regret our actions, it’s not okay to be depressed about them. Beating ourselves up destroys us, but having faith that G‑d will assist us in the future motivates us to try again.

Thoughtstream: Today, if I make a mistake, I will ask G‑d to give me strength to do better next time.

(Adapted from Igrot Kodesh, vol. 14, pg. 278.)