"Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me."
Good morning, friends, and thank you for the grace last week. I was out of town Monday, then Tuesday fell sick for the rest of the week. Let’s just forget last week! Let’s get to it!
Any adult learns the hard way through childhood and youth the power that damaging words can have on you. Who among us hasn’t had someone call us names, unjustly judge us, angrily berate us? And who among us hasn’t been the name caller, the judge, or the one who berates? Last night we watched the Charlie Brown Christmas episode. For the first time I saw it with new eyes.
Throughout the entire episode Charlie Brown is treated horribly. He gets the full measure of name calling and anger, and over and over he repeats those words to himself. At his young age he is learning the very hard way to accept himself gracefully and certainly not see himself through the eyes of his quite mean friends. Have you ever learned that lesson? I know it remains a challenge for me.
But once we begin to understand ourselves honestly and clearly see ourselves, both the good and the bad, we gain a measure of peace that nothing else can match. I’m not suggesting you see yourself the way you are judged. But wouldn’t it be helpful to know your strengths, and also understand that you are far from perfect in many ways? Then, when the slings and arrows of life come your way they have no soft tissue of delusions to hit.
I don’t know if Charlie Brown ever got there. I know how hard it is for me to progress there. Yet “there” is a place of self-awareness and acceptance that beckons us all. And peace is the prize. Have a wonderful week!