Life can make us feel that way, also. We make mistakes and we cringe, worried others will notice. We walk around stressed that people are thinking poorly of us, when they are really just thinking about their own lives.
Stains, whether they are food on a shirt or mistakes on a life, are normal occurrences that show us we're human. Others see our stains and relate to our situation. "Yep, I've done the same thing," they think.
Our stains help people realize we're not different from one another. They show us we all make mistakes, we all have insecurities, and we're all doing the best we can in a messy world. And in a messy world, the stains can get rather large.
How comforting it is knowing every stain can be worked out eventually.
Let's stop being our own worst enemies, criticizing and rebuking ourselves endlessly over our mistakes, and give ourselves the grace to step into the hallway.
Acceptance and compassion are waiting there.