Arugula, Reconciliation, Humility and Narcissism

Arugula, Reconciliation, Humility and Narcissism
(Incomplete thoughts for people in process)

The World's Fair

Self-Hate, Assessment Culture

It seems to me that if you don’t like how people are leading, then get out there and lead by example. The assessing of leadership and actual leading are two very different things. When you do, you become a better doer and you also develop a fair amount of understanding and grace for why others do what they do. A spectator culture excels in cataloging what’s wrong, with little accountability to make things right. Change is not advanced by spectators. So you know what you don’t like, what are you doing to invest in an answer? Contend for a better dialogue! I’ve got more to say….but not today.

It Not About Being Right, It’s About Being Reconciling

If we communicate truth without love, it ceases to be truth. If love becomes a secondary value, it ceases being love. It’s not just about what we say, but it’s about the why and how we say it. If we say truth for the sake of our love for others, it will be reconciling. If we say truth for the purpose of proving others wrong, we become arrogant and pharisaical. It’s easy to be right; it is hard to be reconciling. It’s easy to tell people they are doing it wrong; it is hard to help them find the courage to do what is right. Before we ask people to change, they must know that we will love them even if they never change. If my truth cannot advance or be defended by love, then it is counterfeit truth. I’ve got more to say….but not today.

Narcissism

A true narcissist will take the extra effort to learn how to spell narcissism without the aid of a spell check or google. It’s almost impossible to write about my narcissism without perpetuating it. It’s even harder to defend against accusations of being a narcissist. As a general rule, just assume you are one if you’re under the age of 50. If over 50, you are most likely a narcissist if you are reading this post, already positioning yourself to disagree with the next sentence. . . The sentence where I call you a narcissist.

The best way to overcome narcissistic tendencies is to blog, tweet and facebook endlessly about how you are recovering from your narcissistic tendencies. You might even want to form a narcissist recovery group. The good thing about a narcissist recovery group is you only need one person to keep it going. I’ve got more to say….but not today.

Humility

Humility gives each person a way forward. Pride is a dead end. If you want to learn something in life, learn humility. Humility will increase your loving relationships and your opportunities to be and feel more human. Humble people have healthy marriages and kids who want to talk to them. Humble yourself in the eyes of the Lord and He will lift you up! I’ve got more to say….but not today.

One last thing or things

Don’t let past regrets or future fears keep you from advancing truth in the eternal now. “Arugula” is probably one of the least threatening words in the English language. Remember when you can’t find anything on TV or at the movies that interests you, you are still truth’s target audience. I’ve got more to say….but not today.

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Author: DOUG BURSCH

Doug Bursch hosts Live from Seattle with Doug Bursch on 820 AM KGNW. He also pastors Evergreen Foursquare Church in Auburn, Washington.

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  1. But Doug, armchair grousing is so very satisfying. Why, tempering it would be… I don’t know… unsatisfactory?

  2. Arugula to you too, DB, and thanks for good the insights.
    BTW: I’ve always considered parsnips to be my go to least-threatening word.

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