Thursday, July 14, 2011

I protest.


“I protest … This is a sit down protest … I’ve been told to come out to the woods today for a big surprise barefaced protest … I’m not sure what we’re protesting about … No one has turned up and I feel silly … I won’t move though, otherwise all those people looking at me will think I’m silly … I’ll stay … I’ll protest alone!”

Sometimes we insist that we are correct and we stick to our point of view no matter what. We may realize that perhaps we’re mistaken, but we will certainly not admit it. We’d rather dig our heels and brazen it out regardless.

It takes real courage to admit one’s errors and learn from them than to progress blindly down the wrong road.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

7 comments:

  1. It's that pride thing that gets to us. Even children have it. My daughter looks as stubborn as that old bear when she protests. (I probably look that way to her, too.) I have read that our pride is the reason God let's us fall so much.

    Speaking of bears, my nephew had one wandering around in his back yard the other day. To say he was surprised is a bit of an understatement! Imagine seeing a bear twenty feet from your house?! Yikes!

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  2. Love the picture. Love the post. Love Mary's comment. I have nothing to protest right now. But when I do, I look like that bear too! God bless!

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  3. Hi Mary and Colleen,

    I suspect we all get a bit hard-headed every now and then; and look like that bear.

    I took that picture in an open zoo some time ago. As for seeing a live one in the back yard !!! Now that is frightening.

    God bless.

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  4. We recently had a baby bear cub climbing a tree in our woods...the kids came inside for they knew that "where this is a baby, there is a MAMA nearby". You might like to read "Invisible World" by Anthony DeStefano. He writes extensively in one chapter about this "stubborn pride" you have posted about here. In fact, he explains the fall of Lucifer by tying it in to a story from his childhood when he refused to relent and admit that he was wrong for it would mean "apologizing" to his father. Anyway, it's a great book and I highly recommend it.

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  5. Thanx Owner for the book recommendation.

    It's our difficulty to admit we're wrong that leads us to so many problems in life.

    God bless.

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  6. One of the positive sides of stubbornness is that a person can use it to stand on a principle even when others want to do what "everybody else is doing."

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  7. You're right Barbara.

    The trick is knowing when to be stubborn and when to be resolute.

    God bless.

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