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To be human is to be limited.

Yet we often find ourselves living as if we are unlimited, stretched emotionally, financially, mentally, physically.  We become restless, sleepless, nervous, irritable, frustrated, anxious, tired, and/or depressed. Many of us ignore these sources of information that come from our onboard equipment God gave us and view them as things to overcome instead of signals to heed. With Superman and Superwoman capes securely tied on, we determine to push on, push past, and shove our way on through life.

Throwing one more ball into our juggling act happens almost mindlessly. We don’t even question whether or not we can or should add something else to the act. We live from the presupposition that there is always room for one more thing. One more responsibility. One more hobby. One more activity. One more conference. One more committee meeting. One more lunch with a friend.

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Jan
12

Unmasking the Power of Shame

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Quick. Name the 3 most shame filled moments of your life. The moments when you wanted to crawl under the table and hide. When your face turned red and your heart felt a rush of intense pain that flooded your entire body. Moments when you couldn’t look into the eyes of those around you.  The “I’m so stupid” moments. The “I’m a failure” moments. The moments of “I’m not enough”, “I’m too much”, “I’m too different”, “I’m completely powerless” or a million other variations of shame.

I bet you didn’t have trouble thinking of three, did you? In fact, your brain is still probably loading pages of information about your life.

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1.    It’s super important to talk about your deepest emotions with those you love. Intimate relationships require the risk of the deep sharing of thoughts and feelings and dreams and fears. 

2. It’s not my job to fix other people’s inner world and “fixing” often doesn’t feel like love to those we try to fix. 

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