pounds of flesh he exacts from himself to pay penance for the unfortunate accident he cannot forgive himself for.
Is this post a movie review? No. It is a musing on a part of the human condition many of us share. We extend grace to others… but not ourselves. We strive to forgive others… and yet forgiving ourselves is the hardest task to follow through on. We transgress somehow–against some part of our own code that we hold ourselves to or that someone else has held us to.
Nonetheless, I desire to live a more grace filled life. To exact fewer pounds from myself. And maybe, just maybe, in the balance of things I will actually get more out of myself by being kind and loving and nurturing to myself. It’s worth a try! Hey, punishing myself certainly has not brought the lasting changes or born the long term fruit in my life.
I would like to.
“Why is it that God is so willing to forgive us yet so many times we are unable to forgive ourselves? Sometimes, we need to act in a more Godly way towards ourselves.” (Elmer Laydon)