March 4th, 2007


reflections on independence

I'm glad to see that some comments finally went through on the nondriving post. It's sad to see someone's post go without comments when they need support badly. I do hope things end up being ok for her. I think the biggest societal problem we have is an idolization of independence. We all know how to give to others, but very few of us know adequately how to receive from others. One of my friends in seminary said last semester that being a minister meant learning to allow other people to give to her. This has stayed with me. It's very profound, and I don't have time at the moment to write about it at the moment. Somehow, knowing when and when not to lay aside my "independence" seems like an important part of my emotional and spiritual maturity. It's not necessarily easy; but it's vital.

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