One of my favorite stories is told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32, “The Prodigal Son.” Before continuing, I invite you to follow the link below; enjoy the story. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+15%3A11-32&version=NIV&interface=print This parable depicts the ultimate example of a loving father. One who, by the standards of most, had every right to reject his son and shame
Last week we defined shame and made the important distinction between shame and guilt. The next step is identifying shame and its origin. Unhealthy, prolonged feelings of shame, cause us to deny and therefore hide. Unwilling to accept the feeling of shame, we repress the message for corrective action. Prolonged denial evolves into secret avoidance.
Last week we wrote about New Year’s Resolutions and joining the “Top 40,” those who succeed. Today we visit one of the foundations to success: understanding our humanness and accepting our imperfection. We tend to discard our resolutions when we encounter imperfect implementation. One blogger quoted psychologist Janet Polivy regarding the “What the Hell” effect
A quick Google search yielded enlightening statistics: Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. And six months into the new year, over 40% of those people remain successfully engaged in the resolved behavior. Articles and blog posts regarding the over 60% who “fail,” exponentially outnumber those referencing folks who succeed. Lists of popular