Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

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When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It's a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game--whether serving or being served--we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won't be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin to taking back the blame."Who?  Me?"Blame is an ea … [Read more...]

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Shame on You

Shame, guilt, embarrasment.  Emotions that are as universally experienced as they are universally unwelcome.Elizabeth Duffy has a great post on shame on her blog.  Personal, poignant, and thought-provoking.   But I thought I would chime in to offer some additional insights from Pope John Paul II.In Love and Responsibility, then Karol Woytyla, wrote a great deal about shame.  He argued that shame is a protective emotion that warns us that we are being treated as an object, not a person.  I … [Read more...]

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