Defining ourselves with unchangeable, negative traits can be depressing and defeating. My colleague from British Columbia, Anna Bowness-Park, tells how such limits can be lifted by a Divine influence that is already present. Here’s Anna…
A leopard can’t change his spots. Right? Sometimes we are persuaded to believe that who we are is set in stone, and that therefore our circumstances cannot change. “I am who I am, and I can’t change,” is something many of us believe and tell ourselves. In modern therapy circles, it’s sometimes called self-acceptance.
Yet, for some who might be struggling with depression, or with something as simple as unlikable or limiting character traits, it’s a belief system that can make us feel helpless and unable to experience greater health or happiness. Or, this self-acceptance might simply limit us from experiences that could greatly bless us and others….
Once in a while, a story comes along about someone who went through profound character changes – a complete transformation – even when they weren’t looking for it. And in the process they sometimes glimpse something that was always true about themselves, although they didn’t know it yet….