We live in a world where admitting we aren’t perfect is viewed as admitting weakness. People don’t want to look weak, uneducated or like they don’t have it all together when in all reality people who display humility are more respected than those who think they are the smartest person in every room.
The truth is, we are all flawed whether you want to admit it or not. There is always room for improvement. There will always be areas in our lives we need to re-evaluate and revamp. No one is exempt from this.
The faster you realize this, the faster your life and how others view you will change.
Living with a chronic illness at times magnifies our flaws. We can’t run from our imperfections whether physical or mental. Because of this it is imperative to be able to look at ourselves, acknowledge our wrong doings and strive to be a better us.
Why you ask?!
We don’t need anything else weighing us down. We already have the weight of the world and health on our shoulders. We are already aware of our flaws and adding to them by thinking we are always right and don’t have room for improvement will only damage our psyche more than the reality of living with a chronic illness has already done.
We already struggle with our self image physically due to our many scars as well as mentally as we battle feeling like burdens and beat ourselves up for the things our health prohibits us from doing. Admitting our wrong doings releases us from having to be defensive every moment of our lives because although it is easy to appear like our poop doesn’t stink, we know it smells awful. In turn, stress of having to have this perfect performance makes us sicker. God knows we don’t want or need that.
Admitting wrong doings and correcting one’s behavior is not limited to those living with chronic illnesses. People as a whole are more approachable, valued and truly respected when they can admit they are wrong.
Reality is, everyone around you realizes you are wrong whether they tell you to your face or not. Some people are afraid of what you are capable of since you can keep up this perfect facade and they choose not to say anything, while others don’t see the point because they don’t think you will change. They expect you to try to justify your bad behavior and recognize you are just one of those people you have to handle with a long handled spoon.
I encourage everyone reading this article, whether living with a chronic illness or not, to take a moment to self reflect and have a honest conversation with yourself. You are human and are inevitably going to be wrong at times; however, it is up to you how you decide to handle it.
My suggestion is to take a humility pill, be careful how you address others, repent for your bad behavior and make a clear positive change so that you can organically receive the love and respect you are looking for to begin with.
SN: If this article convicts you or makes you believe it could possibly be written about you, then yes it was and you have an opportunity to make a change. I hope you do so…..
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