Thursday, February 26, 2015

LENT: Why Insult is Hard to Ignore

So why does insult hurt?  And I don't mean from people that care about me, or that I earnestly care about...  but what about from people that I'm really not friends with or people who don't really know me well or people that I really don't even like that much?  Why do their comments or their opinions get to matter to me? Why do I let them?

"It is not insult from another that causes you pain. 
It is the part of your mind that agrees with the insult."

I saw this the other day and it really resonated with me. I know my faults. I know the things that I wish I was better at, that I try to be better at but fail more often than I care to admit. And probably... I focus on those things way too much. I make them bigger than they really are. So when things come that illuminate how I feel about those things.... they sting.

They sting a lot....  Perhaps because when they come, that voice in my head that constantly harps on those things, oh it smugly pipes up and says, "See?"

The trouble is that those things are rarely fully honest.

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