I would have called myself an agnostic at the time. I didn’t have much faith in God or religion. In fact, I’d been avoiding anything related to those concepts because I’d been so disappointed in the past by religious dogma that never answered the hard questions I was facing in my life. In other words, I wasn’t looking for spiritual wholeness, just something to ease the pain of trying to survive the life I’d been given.
But coping with uncertainty begins with reaching out, affirming that you’re not alone. No one’s going to give you a medal for toughing it out. Believe me, I’ve got none hanging on my wall. When you know you are vulnerable, you’ll see that so is everyone else. Most people are pretty good at hiding this, but it’s true.
Self-forgiveness is a unique way of interacting with our minds, one that can see we make choices in good faith and they don’t always turn out the way we imagine. One that understands that we’re all trying to get our needs met given the resources we have on hand. We’re all seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
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