We think too much about our own wretched selves, and that is why we are so unhappy...It is not a question, as you may well imagine, of getting rid of all our faults and failures, but of turning to God with these very faults and failings, and of giving ourselves to Him just as we are.  

How many souls would enjoy divine peace, if only they realized this and acted on it. We spend our time bemoaning our faults and looking at ourselves, instead of looking at Him and growing stronger. 

A Monk