Borklog: One entry

25 October 2003

The latest fortune cookie over in the land of redtoade is A victim should learn from the experience and then put it behind them forever. The Transgressor should seek forgiveness in perpetuity as a teacher. That reminds of a thing from the Pursuit of Excellence course the spousal overunit and I took in Seattle before we got hitched. (My sister was working with the group, and didn't seem to be brainwashed, so I figured it was OK). One of the points they kept hammering home was "you are responsible for your current condition", not responsible for causing it (whether it be emotional trauma, disease, injury, economic situation), but responsible for how you react to it. You can hide in your shell and play the victim and lead a miserable existance, or you can do what you can with what you have in your power to either move on with your life, or come to terms with the problem so that you're not the victim. The old platitudes of "God doesn't give you more than you can handle" and "if life gives you lemons, make lemon chicken" are just restatements of this idea. (and as an aside, I got a lot out of the PoE course, and I recommend it)