Awareness developed studying psychology has recently prompted me to notice a need to cause others to tell me how good I am. This triggered a search for self-validation strategies. I found a few good ones, the best of which involve three elements.
- Put a hand on chest
- Take a few deep cleansing breaths
- Think a comforting word or phrase
A recent phrase designed to help has been: “I’m doing my best” which has been effective for several weeks until lately, my conscience has replied: “Are you?”
It compared me to a 1930s German citizen who did not try to stem Nazis crimes against humanity.
My thought was: “What am I supposed to do?”
The response: “Fellow citizens’ livelihoods and relationships are being destroyed by being imprisoned in for-prophet debtor’s work-houses just because they are poor and of color.”
Again, what am I supposed to do?
Solution: Write this blog post.
You are hereby invited to share the burden of my discomfort.
Pastor Mike Krewson