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When I’m not afraid of being hurt

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“When I’m not afraid of being hurt, I can know people differently.” This is what Maggie, a middle-aged wife and mother, recently told her therapist. She’d grown up surrounded by threats in an urban neighborhood broken by substance abuse. Having survived, having come to realize that siege isn’t the necessary habitat for human beings, she is now flourishing.

I wonder, can we apply her insight to ourselves. That is, can I get to know myself differently when I’m not gripped by the fear of being hurt? In other words, do I define myself by who I despise? Or do I rise each morning with a quiet purpose to meet what the new day may invite?

Years ago a fellow-learner asked me, “Why is a biblical........

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