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Fix Your Scam
5/25/2020 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

 

      Imagine this scenario, a gathering of friends, class, or group, and the announcement is made, “We’re going to talk about Scams and Broken Promises.” That’s a subject familiar to everyone. Immediately, either the memory emerges of promise(s) to you that were broken and how you felt. You remember the day and the hour. We’ve all been there.

        We will exert great emotional energy, criticism, anger, and moral judgement against someone who’s broken a promise to us. We may banish them to the place of outer darkness in our life, hold it against them, never forget it, prophesy doom and gloom on them, and be angry or hurt with every memory of it. A broken promise can do that to you if you allow it.

        Before you think this is a thought on the “how-to” or virtue of forgiveness, it is not. It’s far beyond my spiritual reach to tell anyone how they should feel or what they should do with their feelings about an offense or injustice done to them by someone outside of themselves.

        If you didn’t speed read, you caught the last five words of the previous statement “by someone outside of themselves.” We will hold others accountable, bring heavy criticism, and strong indictments against one who has broken a promise to us, yet we exonerate the most notorious perpetrator of death dealing broken promises – the self. We are the greatest offender, scamer and promise breaker to ourselves. We deal the slickest scams and crippling broken promises to ourselves, and yet we let ourselves go free.

        We may get off to a good start but fall off. After falling off, we may feel bad for a minute, but we go on with life as usual to the next broken promise – until making and breaking promises to ourselves becomes a habit we don’t notice.

        Don’t expect others to love you more than you love yourself. Treat yourself well so that others learn how to treat you. Love yourself so that you don’t simply desire, but demand of yourself the best for yourself. Otherwise you’ll look outside of yourself for promises from others to make you happy. You’ll look to others to give you that which can only be found within.

        It isn’t that easy, right? Of course, it isn’t. Most things in life are not, but you can do it and you’re worth every but if the effirt it takes to do whatever you need to do. God made you in God’s image, then gave the responsibility of self-care to you – not to someone else for you.

        In every instance when Jesus healed a person, he sent them on their way with independent instructions. Go … Do … Show yourself … Jesus told the lame man to take up his bed and walk. He didn’t say now get up and go to rehab. Your self-care is your responsibility. You well being is your responsibility. It does not hang on any scam you tell yourself.

        Right here, right now, in this present moment (the moment you’re reading this), is all you have and all you know. Make the shift in your favor. Be the agent of your own transformation. When you say you’re going to do a thing for yourself, don’t break the promise. Do it.

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Susie From Absecon At 5/25/2020 12:08:40 PM

AWESOME WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND REFLECTION. I ESPECIALLY WAS DRAWN TO MY RESPONSIBILITY OF SELF CARE. OWN IT IS OFTEN MY ISSUE. GOING FORWARD , I AM TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE TO CARE FOR AND LOVE ON"" ME"".

 

 


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