Article by Sammy Rhodes September 2014
“Shame. Boatloads of shame. Day after day. More of the same. Blame. Please lift it off. Please take it off. Please make it stop.” Those words are not just the lyrics to a famous Avett Brothers’ song, they are also words under which a lot of us live. To live in this world is to experience shame. Boatloads of shame.
Shame is a word that’s hard to describe. We’ve all experienced it on some level. It’s the feeling you get when you suddenly realize you’re underdressed for a party. When you show up late to a meeting thinking you’re right on time. Or when your card gets declined buying coffee at Starbucks for your financial advisor. That last one hits a little too close to home.
Then there’s the shame that never gets spoken. The kind that involves things done in secret. Compulsive behaviors. Hidden struggles. The shame of being abused, of being taken advantage of in a way that takes a little of the light out of our humanity, and our hope.
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