Mary Demuth. I found her blog one night when I couldn’t sleep. Mary was releasing a book called Thin Places about the sexual abuse she endured during her childhood. After only a few sentences, I was hooked. She was so real, so honest. She tossed herself out there, flaws and all. I admired that. In fact, I check her blog more than I check my email. That's completely normal, right?
In her latest entry she compared herself to the cat in The Cat In the Hat, always running around looking for approval and wanting everyone to see how special she hoped to be. Oh, I can relate.
It’s that running and self-consumption that keeps me from seeing the needs of those around me. I’m not talking about the needs of people I don’t know. I’m talking about the needs of people in my daily life.
The stinky, friendless teen I teach. I have loads to do. I don’t have time.
The friend who just lost another baby. I called twice. She will call if she needs me.
The lonely mom with a perfect smile and beautiful kids who feels her sparkly life is a prison. I’ll ask her to hang out this summer. I’ll have more time then.
I know to truly see the needs of others, I need to stop flying around worrying about my needs, and yet I struggle.
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