Who really beats us up? Us!
Nobody can beat us up better than ourselves! We have the inside scoop on how we think and this helps us to justify what we do. Over the years we have listened carefully to what others have told said about us; much of what we say to each other, particularly within a family, is often in the negative. We even have our own laundry list of what is wrong with us: who we are, what we do, and how we think. Wow! That would be enough to drive any one to depression and anxious thoughts.
Why do we do this to ourselves? It is because we don’t see the whole picture. We only see a partial glimpse of our self, or perhaps a better word would be a telestial glimpse! One of the reasons is that we are all we have…at least that is what we think. Our thoughts are to us first! When we look in the mirror it is our eyes that look back at us first! It is our ears that hear the words that come out of our mouth first!
Agency is again wonderful and yet very hard at the same time. The world is an example of that! There are positive things that take place when people choose well and there are terrible things that take place when people choose badly.
Many years ago I came to a powerful understanding about the gift and power of agency. Since then I have learned to appreciate agency even more. It is difficult sometimes, because I love my own agency, but it is another’s agency that I have a problem with! I am being facetious of course, but agency is two-sided. It can cause us great pain as we watch agency being abused and misused; and yet, it is one of the greatest gifts given to us. We can choose!
A friend of mine had a daughter whose life had been turned upside down because of addiction to pills. It had started with pain killers, then sleep aids, then anxiety reducing drugs; then and then and then until she was taking pills constantly through the days. She asked her daughter, “Why is your doctor giving you all of these prescriptions? It is way too much! “