...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Monday, October 7, 2013

Grandiosity

"The denial
Denial can hinder any progress in good self care 
or minimizing of our depression is sustained... by the grandiose myths parishioners tend to whisper in our ear, such as, "You are so strong and confident"; "You work so hard and do so much"; "You possess such remarkable faith." 


We either buy into these myths and thus disavow our depression, or else we are reluctant to ruin the image others have of us. 

Consequently we experience fatigue, irritation, and the erosion of our spirit, but rationalize that we are too strong, too smart, or too successful to be afflicted with real depression."  

Robert Randall

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